Ed Ruscha

American , 1937 -

Ed Ruscha was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1937. He is well known not only for his paintings but also for his photography and films. Ruscha's flat, textual paintings have been associated with both the Pop Art movement and the beat generation. After living for fifteen years in Oklahoma City, Ruscha moved permanently to Los Angeles where he attended the Chouinard Art Institute from 1956 to 1960. By the mid sixties, the artist had published his first photography book, “Twenty-Six Gasoline Stations,” and had completed a series of paintings that displayed with great precision a single word against a flatly lit background. Ruscha was associated at this time with the Ferus Gallery Group, which also included such artists as Edward Moses, Ken Price, Robert Irwin, and Edward Kienholz.

From 1969 to 1970, he was a guest professor at the University of California. Ruscha produced his first film entitled “Premium” soon following his time at the university, and continued work on his textual paintings. Some works include such figurative and verbal symbols as egg yolk, blood, and gunpowder. Ruscha worked to connect linguistic symbols with visual idioms and to elevate them to the point of the cosmic.

During the eighties, Ruscha executed a series of drawings incorporating vegetable pigment and depicting mysteriously cast light and phrases such as “99% DEVIL, 1% ANGEL.” The artist's use of light beams may be attributed to his Catholic upbringing, illumination as a symbol of the divine comes into play in many of his paintings. Still, Ruscha claims no particular moral or spiritual position. In 1985, Ruscha executed his first public commission, a mural for the Miami Dade Public Library that displays the phrase “Words Without Thoughts Never to Heaven Go.”

Ruscha’s work in printmaking incorporates many of the same motifs, again dealing with text, landscape, and the theme of intersections. He has worked in many techniques including etching and lithography.
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1989

Leslie Sacks Gallery

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Crackers, from the Book Cover series

1970

Leslie Sacks Gallery

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L.A.S.F. #2

2003

Leslie Sacks Gallery

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Angel

2014

Leslie Sacks Gallery

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Angel

2014

Leslie Sacks Gallery

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Now

1990

Leslie Sacks Gallery

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Vanish

1973

Leslie Sacks Gallery

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Street Meets Avenue

2000

Leslie Sacks Gallery

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Sponge Puddle

2015

Leslie Sacks Gallery

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Dead End 2, from Rusty Signs

2014

Leslie Sacks Gallery

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Pico and Sepulveda

2001

Leslie Sacks Gallery

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Lonely Highway

2019

Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art

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Mocha Standard

1969

Mary Ryan Gallery, Inc.

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My Space Gravure

2006

Crown Point Press

$5,500 - $12,000

Mocha Standard

1969

Susan Sheehan Gallery

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Bolt III

1998

Gemini G.E.L.

$2,200 - $5,500