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Ellsworth Kelly: Plant Drawings

Written by Aksel Ritenis

It is September 1961. Ellsworth Kelly studies a castor bean, one growing in a container on his rooftop in lower Manhattan, perhaps. The personality of this particular plant attracts him. After examining it carefully, he renders one of its leaves in ink on paper. He draws quickly, conscious of both positive and negative space, which he values equally. The result is a single continuous line highlighting the distinctive shape of the leaf. When the work pleases him, the portrait is done—yes, Kelly considers his plant drawings portraits. If the results are unsatisfactory, he begins anew.

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Aksel Ritenis

Axel is the Editor and Publisher of Connoisseur Magazine "for the Finer Things in Life" and has been the custodian of the magazine for over 10 years and leader of a team of freelance Journalists and Community Members who continue to make it all happen!-Join the Team at Connoisseur Magazine!

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