Frank Phillip Stella is an American painter and printmaker. He is a significant figure in minimalism, post-painterly abstraction and offset lithography.
He was first influenced by the abstract expressionism of Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline. However, upon moving to New York City around the late 1950s, he reacted against the expressive use of paint by most painters of that movement, instead finding himself drawn towards the “flatter” surfaces of Barnett Newman’s work and the “target” paintings of Jasper Johns.
Stella produced a series of prints during the late 1960’s starting with a print called Quathlamba I in 1968. Stella’s abstract prints in lithography, screen-printing, etching and offset lithography (a technique he introduced) had a strong impact upon printmaking as an art.
In 1993, Stella was commissioned to produce 10,000 sq. feet of murals to decorate the interior lobbies, the ceiling dome, the sounding board and the exterior of the fly tower of Toronto, Canada’s new Princess of Wales Theatre. Following this project, he opened a studio in Toronto for the purpose of building more such large-scale projects. He has gone on to produce a number of large works for public spaces, and the three-dimensionality of his work has led to him being commissioned to produce architecture, including a bandshell for the city of Miami, Florida.
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