Oradell Celebrates 100th Birthday of Late Hometown Artist Ellsworth Kelly

Modern artist Ellsworth Kelly Photo: Courtesy of Ellsworth Kelly Studio When Ellsworth Kelly was a child, his family moved to Oradell. Living near the Oradell Reservoir inspired him artistically as he observed patterns in the nature around him and became fascinated by local birds.

Kelly’s work often consisted of geometric shapes arranged on a canvas and painted in strong, bold colors. He looked to explore the relationship between form, color and space through his artwork, and he influenced various art movements, such as Minimalism and Pop Art.

The late legendary modern artist would have celebrated his 100th birthday this past May. John J.

Trause, director of the Oradell Public Library, says Kelly was a major supporter of his hometown’s library. One […].

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