Frank Stella is an American painter and printmaker who makes bold, colourful and large scale pieces. Initially working in monochrome in rebellion against Abstract Expressionism and the Colour Field artist he moved to colour in the 1960s and 70s. Stella shaped his canvases to the forms of his paintings, something that has evolved into more sculptural installation pieces. He uses colour to explore space, changing the colour of a shape as it overlaps another, bringing colours to the forefront and sending others back, even though they are all on the same surface. In his teens he worked as a house and boat painter and frequently used the same paints in his work.

The works he made in the 1960s and 70s are of most interest for this research project because of his block layering of colour. He explored many printing techniques working with Kenneth Tyler, a master printmaker. Stella would fill a magic marker with lithography fluid to make his lithographs so that he could continue his drawing style. He also used screenprinting, etching and offset lithography.