“Given the power of Albers’ experimental technique I
can’t believe that I am the only one of Mr. Albers many
talented students that made significant color
discoveries and contributions to our understanding of
color. I can talk with confidence about what I did to
advance our understanding of color but not about what
may have been accomplished by those that studied
with Albers after I graduated and left Yale.”
Seymour Hal Rogoff
"Called by critics a 'color theorist,' 'communications expert,' and 'The Wizard of Op'" The
Park Forest Star, May 11, 1969 Hal became the first artist to successfully paint with the
concept of color as light energy. His hard-edge geometric artwork is aesthetically
appealing and demonstrates and corrects many color principles. Hal hoped to provide a
road-map from which future artists can master the visual language.
The Star 1965 Hal Rogoff, Known
as "The Father of 'Op' Art," as
seen addressing members of
Alpha Delta Pi sorority at the
group's first meeting of the
season. First prize winner in the
recent Park Forest art fair with
his painting, "Yellow Diamonds,"
Mr. Rogoff is art instructor at
Joliet Junior college and at Rich
his school's adult art program.
He also teaches an accredited
course on optical illusions of
color at the Suburban Arts
league, Highland Park
"Red Rover" by One of
America's first op artists,
Hal Rogoff introduces artist
Solecki to op art. Article
quotes Hal's relationship
with Yale and the
experimentation of op art in
relationship to "pop" art.
HE DISCOVERED and proved an
original theory of color perception,
the double or reverse after-image, a
study that disproved a formally held
theory in the field. Called by critics a
"color theorists," communications
expert", and "The Wizard of Op."
Rogoff's optical illusion, or "op"
paintings, have attracted
nation-wide notice. He is listed in
"who's Who in the Midwest" of
1969-70 and again in 1970-71