Noland was born in 1924 in North Carolina and completed his artistic training at Black Mountain College between 1946 and 1948. He is most famous for his ‘colour field’ paintings, which grew out of associations with the Abstract Expressionist circle of 1950s New York. Noland’s experimentations with colour and dimension, seen throughout his painting, were advanced at Tyler Graphics where he worked in paper pulp as well as lithography and etching.

The almost infinite colour variations achievable at the Tyler workshop suited Noland, an acclaimed colourist, perfectly. The resultant works, completed in 1978, range from subtle, swirling blends of pastel to bright bands of brilliant orange, red and yellow.

Emilie Owens

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