George Medici’s first impression of Ellsworth Kelly’s Spectrum V was profound to say the least.
Medici first came across Kelly’s 1969 13-panel iconic color field painting as a college student when he worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, decades before he produced his first work.
“I wasn’t interested in making art while I was in college,” quipped Medici. “But I was surrounded by all of the historic works at The Met and naturally gravitated to the Modern Art wing where I first saw Kelly’s Spectrum V series. Needless to say I was mesmerized at first sight.”
Inspired by Kelly’s work, Medici introduced Ode to Spectrum, a seven-panel acrylic on canvas series. The 2′ X 4′ textured paintings layer in multiple shades of each color throughout the light spectrum.
“I didn’t realize it was fifty years ago Spectrum V was first introduced,” added Medici. “Maybe it is coincidence or serendipitous. Ode to Spectrum pays homage to this great artist who continues to inspire me.”