Frank Stella (born 1936) is a painter and printmaker who was born in Malden, MA. He attended high school at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, and went on to study history at Princeton University.


In 1958, Stella was inspired by the geometric stripes and rings in Jasper Johns’ first solo exhibition. The next year, his own paintings were included in 16 Americans at the Museum of Modern Art, and, in 1960, Stella had his first New York solo exhibition at the Leo Castelli Gallery.  In 1970, when Stella was only in his 30s, the Museum of Modern Art held a retrospective of the artist’s work. 


Stella’s works have been featured in various exhibitions in the United States and worldwide, including those held at Haunch of Venison in London, England; the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, NY; Gagosian Gallery in New York, NY; The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.; and Kunstmuseum in Basel, Switzerland.


related works

  • Spanish painter Antoni Tapies creates tactile abstract artwork influenced by the postwar period following the Spanish Civil War. View his work.
  • In our sister gallery, form & concept, Tom Osgood creates sculptural forms from twisted and painted metal, akin to the layered dimensional works of Stella’s relief period. View his work.