Alternate Curve of Isis in Pink and Lime, 1984

Francis Celentano
(American, born 1928, died 2016)

Location: Pierce College - Fort Steilacoom, Lakewood


Alternate Curve of Isis in Pink and Lime is an energetic and vibrant painting by late artist Francis Celentano. It features prismatic colors in curved strips. The repeating gradient of colors generates an optical illusion. This illusion causes a unique visual response in each viewer. The artist noted, "The painting can be experienced aesthetically and logically in terms of itself alone without metaphoric reference."

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Pierce College.


Late artist Francis Celentano was one of the pioneers of Op Art and a professor at the University of Washington in Seattle for thirty years. He created paintings and sculptures that investigate perception and color theory. Op Art explores how vision functions and the effect on our viewing experience as a result.

Material CategoryPainting - paint on rigid surface / mixed media
MediumAcrylic paint on polyvinyl chloride plastic
Dimensions8 5/6 in x 4 ft 8 in
ID NumberWSAC1987.023.000
Acquisition MethodDirect purchase
Artist LocationWashington, United States
Location Information
AgencyPierce College District
Artwork LocationPierce College - Fort Steilacoom
Temporarily not on display.
WA CountyPierce
Site TypeCollege
Address9401 Farwest Dr. SW
Lakewood, WA 98498
Geo. Coordinates47.172631 | -122.571887
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