Kenneth Noland (1924-2010) was an American painter and a leading figure in the Washington Color School movement. While occasionally described as abstract expressionist and minimalist, Noland is best known for his color field paintings and his preference for highly recognizable motifs. While working as an artist and teacher in Washington, D.C, he also painted alongside contemporaries such as Morris Louis and Helen Frankenthaler, experimenting with line, color, and the canvas itself. Noland adopted Frankenthaler’s innovative method of staining raw canvas with thinned pigment into his own practice. His commitment to spatial abstraction and color relationships is evident in his circular target and line paintings, and most notably in his innovative shaped canvases. Noland was included in Clement Greenberg's landmark 1964 exhibition Post Painterly Abstraction, which established color field painting's significance in contemporary art. Noland is also considered one of the six original Washington Color School painters.
Kenneth Noland's works can be found in the permanent collections of the Center Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Phillips Collection and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and the Tate Gallery in London, among others.