Ex-Nihilo by Kenneth Noland

Ex-Nihilo
1958
Colour Field Painting, Post-Painterly Abstraction, Washington Colour School
Magna on canvas
Private collection

The late 1950s marked a major turning point in Noland’s career and in ‘Ex Nihilo’ Noland began painting simplified forms and carefully balancing selected colours to create something out of nothing. Noland had yet to find his signature style and unlike his later renditions of circles and targets, where colour is the subject, in ‘Ex Nihilo’ he implied the representational and figurative. The grey-ringed amoeba form represents an egg being fertilized from the left-side, and the gold, pink and blue of the innermost is almost zygotic. The viewer seems to be witnessing the very conception of form as it is manifested out of chaos.

Kenneth Noland

Kenneth Noland
Colour Field Painting, Post-Painterly Abstraction, Washington Colour School
Born: 10 April 1924, North Carolina, USA
Nationality: American
Died: 5 January 2010, Maine, USA

Assigned to the Post-painterly Abstraction movement by Clement Greenberg, Noland’s Colour Field painting was some of the most consistent and focused art produced in mid-20th century America. Noland developed his own signature style based on simplified and abstract forms, including targets, stripes, and chevrons.

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