Francois Morellet was a sculptor, printmaker, engraver, light artist, and painter from France. Francois Morellet was born in Cholet, France in the year 1925.
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Morellet was a self taught artist. The artist was renown for working with geometric shapes and for being a pioneer of geometric abstract painting. Morellet ran a family toy company and learned to paint in his spare time.
The artist began as a painter of the figure before moving to abstract painting in 1950.
In the early 1960’s he began creating light sculptures using neon tubes.
In this clip we walk through an exhibition of work by Morellet with the artist himself:
Francois Morellet passed away in 2016. He was 90 years of old.
Francois Morellet was an artist who mastered many forms of expression. My favorite works by the artist were his prints.
Morellet’s use of the grid reminds me of Carlos Cruz Diez. Both artists used grid forms and geometric shapes to create incredible sculptures and prints.