Born in Asheville, North Carolina in 1924, Kenneth Noland served in the U. S. Air Force during World War II and attended Black Mountain College on the G.I. Bill from 1946 to 1948. In 1947, the young artist studied with Josef Albers, during this time Noland began to experiment with a repeated concentric image. The rigid compositional format allowed him to focus on color, his primary artistic concern. After a year in Paris, Noland settled in Washington, D. C., where he taught at the Institute of Contemporary Arts and became associated with the so-called Washington Color School.
Kenneth Noland (April 10, 1924 – January 5, 2010) was an American painter. He was one of the best-known American color field painters, although in the 1950s he was thought of as an abstract expressionist and in the early 1960s he was thought of as a minimalist painter. Noland helped establish the Washington Color School movement. In 1977, he was honored with a major retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York that then traveled to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., and Ohio's Toledo Museum of Art in 1978. In 2006, Noland's Stripe Paintings were exhibited at the Tate in London.