NEW YORK:- Influential American abstract painter and sculptor Ellsworth Kelly died, said an art gallery owner in New York. He was 92. Matthew Marks of the Matthew Marks Gallery said Kelly died of natural causes at his home in Spencertown, New York. Marks said he was told of the death by Kelly’s partner, Jack Shear. Kelly was born in Newburgh, New York, in 1923 and served in the US military during World War Two. Afterward, he studied art in France for several years on the GI Bill and had his first solo show at the Galerie Arnaud Lefebvre in Paris in 1951. He returned to New York several years later. “I think he bridged European and American modernism,” Marks said. “He was a real American original.”–Reuters