Artwork copyright Francis Celentano. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Spira T Syncopated, 1988

Francis Celentano
(American, born 1928, died 2016)

Location: Mullenix Ridge Elementary, Port Orchard


One of the pioneers of Op Art, acclaimed northwest artist Francis Celentano creates paintings and sculpture that investigate perception and color theory. Using a gradient of vibrant colors painted onto variable diagonal panels in a alternating pattern, Spira T Syncopated creates an optical illusion which compels the viewer toward a responsive perceptual experience. This piece is located at Mullenix Ridge Elementary in the community of Port Orchard on the Kitsap Peninsula.

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with South Kitsap School District.


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.

Material CategoryPainting - paint on rigid surface / mixed media
MediumWater base acrylic on high impact styrene plastic
Dimensions5 ft 7 1/2 in x 10 in
ID NumberWSAC1990.204.000
Acquisition MethodCurated Selection
Artist LocationWashington, United States
Location Information
AgencySouth Kitsap School District
Artwork LocationMullenix Ridge Elementary
WA CountyKitsap
Site TypePublic School
Address3900 SE Mullenix Road
Port Orchard, WA 98367
Geo. Coordinates47.467955 | -122.603556
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