Ellsworth Kelly is a color field artist whose art career lasted almost 70 years. He is known for color choice and abstraction. About his work, Kelly says, "In my work I don't want you to look at the surface; I want you to look at the form, the relationships."
Motherwell is known for his expressive black lines and fields of color. He was a contemporary of the famous artist, Jackson Pollock. In regards to his work, Motherwell said, "It's not that the creative act and the critical act are simultaneous,"
Frank Stella was a pivotal force in moving away from Abstract Expressionism and towards a more streamline communicative style that removed symbolism and illustrative marks. About his work he said, “What you see is what you see.”
Mark Rothko sought to make paintings that would bring people to tears. About his artwork he said, “I’m interested only in expressing basic human emotions—tragedy, ecstasy, doom, and so on."