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.
1924 Born in Asheville, North Carolina, United States of America
1942–46 Serves in armed forces, first as a glider pilot, then as a cryptographer, stationed in Egypt and Turkey
1946–48 Studies with Ilya Bolotowsky at Black Mountain College, North Carolina
1948 Using the GI Bill, moves to Paris, France, and studies at Académie de la Grande Chaumière with Ossip Zadkine
1949 First solo exhibition, at Galerie Raymond Creuze, Paris; returns to Washington, DC
1949–50 Enrols at Institute of Contemporary Art, Washington, DC
1951–60 Teaches at Catholic University, Washington, DC
1954 Included in exhibition, Emerging talent, at Kootz Gallery, New York City, New York
1956 Included in travelling exhibition, Young American painters, organised by Museum of Modern Art, New York City
1957 Solo exhibition, at Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York City
1959 First exhibits concentric circle paintings at French and Company Gallery, New York City; included in Biennial exhibition, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
1961 Solo exhibition, at Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York City; included in Annual exhibition of contemporary American painting, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City
1962 Moves to New York City; lives at Chelsea Hotel
1963 Buys and relocates to Robert Frost’s farm, South Shaftsbury, Vermont
1964 Included in Venice biennale, Italy; included in exhibition, Post painterly abstraction, at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Solo exhibition, at the Jewish Museum, New York City
1966 Included in exhibition, Systemic painting, at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City
1968 Included in exhibition, Kenneth Noland, Morris Louis, Anthony Caro,at Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
1969 Returns to New York City
1970 Included in travelling exhibition, Color and field: 1890–1970, organised by Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
1975 Included in Biennial exhibition, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
1977 Travelling exhibition, Kenneth Noland: a retrospective, originating at Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York City; elected to American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York
1978 Included in travelling exhibition, Paper as medium, organised by Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibition Service, Washington, DC
1978–82 Completes lithograph, aquatint with embossing and Handmade paper project paper-pulp-monoprint series at Tyler Graphics Ltd., Bedford Village, New York
1982 Included in travelling exhibition, New American paperworks, organised by World Print Council, San Francisco; completes monoprint series at Institute of Experimental Printmaking, San Francisco; completes Winds monoprint series at Taller de Gráfica Popular, Mexico City, Mexico
1984 Included in exhibition, Prints from Tyler Graphics, at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
1985 Included in exhibition, Ken Tyler: printer extraordinary, at Australian National Gallery, Canberra (now National Gallery of Australia); completes Montes colorados monoprint series at Ediciones Poligrafa, Barcelona, Spain, and exhibits them at Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, Spain
1986 Included in exhibition, An American renaissance: painting and sculpture since 1940, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
1997 Included in exhibition, Beyond print: masterworks from the Ken Tyler collection, Dr Earl Lu Gallery, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore
2010 Kenneth Noland died in Port Clyde, Maine, U.S.A
Barbara Delano © Tyler Graphics Ltd.
This chronology provides an overview of selected biographical information, major solo and group exhibitions held within the artist's own lifetime.