My very first post for A Note On Style was on the simple, timeless plant drawings by Ellsworth Kelly. He passed away on Sunday at the age of 92. The scope of his work went far beyond the sketches I love. He was a sculptor and pioneering abstract painter using shapes and bold colors to challenge the relationship between the forms. Inspired by everything around him, both natural and manmade, Kelly shared his perception in the most simplistic, pared back way by using minimal variations of color and line as a suggestion leaving room for interpretation.
Many of Kelly’s plant drawings were compiled into one of my favorite books, which coincided with a show at the Metropolitan Museum in 2012. I’ve framed 15 of the sketches from the book in natural teak and have them closely hung together making for a beautiful and quiet gallery wall.