Ed Ruscha b. 1937

Works
  • Ed Ruscha, Fly-Proof, 1973
    Ed Ruscha
    Fly-Proof, 1973
    Gunpowder and pastel on paper
    22 5/8 x 28 5/8 ins
    57.47 x 72.71 cm
    Signed right of center "E Ruscha 1973" in pencil
  • Ed Ruscha, Automatic Study, 1963
    Ed Ruscha
    Automatic Study, 1963
    Pencil on tracing paper
    16 6/8 x 12 inches
    Signed lower right: "Edw Ruscha 1963"
  • Ed Ruscha, I Done Did That, 2018
    Ed Ruscha
    I Done Did That, 2018
    Acrylic on vellum
    21 1/2 inch diameter
    Signed and dated on verso
  • Ed Ruscha, Kay-Eye-Double-S, 1979
    Ed Ruscha
    Kay-Eye-Double-S, 1979
    Pencil on paper
    7 2/8 x 34 ins
    18.73 x 86.36 cm
    Signed and dated 'Ed Ruscha 1979' (bottom right)
  • Ed Ruscha, Magic Isle, 1982
    Ed Ruscha
    Magic Isle, 1982
    Dry pigment on paper
    30 x 40 inches
    Signed and dated lower right
  • Ed Ruscha, The World, 1977
    Ed Ruscha
    The World, 1977
    Carrot juice on paper
    23 x 29 inches
    Signed and dated ‘Edward Ruscha 1977’ on the reverse
  • Ed Ruscha, A Blvd Called Sunset, 1989
    Ed Ruscha
    A Blvd Called Sunset, 1989
    Acrylic on paper
    59 6/8 x 39 6/8 ins
    152.08 x 101.28 cm
    Signed and dated lower right
  • Ed Ruscha, Above Sunset, 1999
    Ed Ruscha
    Above Sunset, 1999
    Acrylic on linen
    20 x 24 1/8 ins
    50.8 x 61.28 cm
  • Ed Ruscha, Ace, 1990
    Ed Ruscha
    Ace, 1990
    Dry pigment and acrylic on paper mounted to museum board
    20 x 30 inches
    21 1/3 x 33 1/2 inches (framed)
    Signed and dated 90' on the front, lower right corner
  • Ed Ruscha, Animal Pulling Noodle, 2007
    Ed Ruscha
    Animal Pulling Noodle, 2007
    Acrylic and ink on museum board
    Image: 29 7/8 x 22 inches
    Sheet: 34 x 26 inches
    75.88 x 55.88 cm
    Signed and dated 'Ed Ruscha 2007' (lower right)
  • Ed Ruscha, Bail Jumper, 1990
    Ed Ruscha
    Bail Jumper, 1990
    Acrylic on canvas
    36 x 48 2/8 ins
    91.44 x 122.56 cm
  • Ed Ruscha, City, 2008
    Ed Ruscha
    City, 2008
    Acrylic on linen
    2 panels: 14 x 18 inches each
    14 x 36 inches overall
    15 1/4 x 37 1/4 inches (framed)
    Signed verso
  • Ed Ruscha, Collision Frame Repair, 2010
    Ed Ruscha
    Collision Frame Repair, 2010
    Acrylic on canvas
    22 x 32 ins
    55.88 x 81.28 cm
    Signed and dated 'Ed Ruscha 2010' (on the reverse)
  • Ed Ruscha, Dry Gulch, 1986
    Ed Ruscha
    Dry Gulch, 1986
    Oil and acrylic on canvas
    30 x 30 ins
    76.2 x 76.2 cm
    Signed and dated "Ed Ruscha 1986" on a backing board
  • Ed Ruscha, Extreme, 1973
    Ed Ruscha
    Extreme, 1973
    Pastel on paper
    23 x 29 ins
    58.42 x 73.66 cm
    Signed lower left: "Ruscha 1973"
  • Ed Ruscha, H.M.S. Nevertheless, 2003
    Ed Ruscha
    H.M.S. Nevertheless, 2003
    Acrylic on paper
    30 x 20 1/8 inches x 30 1/2 x 20 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches framed
    76.2 x 51.12 cm
    Signed and dated lower right: “Ed Ruscha 2003”
  • Ed Ruscha, Hero Study IV, 1995
    Ed Ruscha
    Hero Study IV, 1995
    Acrylic and oil on un-stretched canvas
    14 1/8 x 13 2/8 ins
    35.88 x 33.97 cm
    Signed and dated on verso
  • Ed Ruscha, Hope, 1992
    Ed Ruscha
    Hope, 1992
    Acrylic and wood on canvas
    36 1/8 x 40 1/2 ins
    91.76 x 102.87 cm
  • Ed Ruscha, I Can’t Not, 2012
    Ed Ruscha
    I Can’t Not, 2012
    Bleach on fabric-covered board
    16 x 20 2/8 ins
    40.64 x 51.44 cm
  • Ed Ruscha, I Forgot to Remember to Forget, 1984
    Ed Ruscha
    I Forgot to Remember to Forget, 1984
    Oil on canvas
    64 x 64 ins
    162.56 x 162.56 cm
  • Ed Ruscha, Las Palmas, 1967
    Ed Ruscha
    Las Palmas, 1967
    Oil on leather belt mounted on wood panel
    48 x 48 ins
    121.92 x 121.92 cm
  • Ed Ruscha, Ooo, 2004
    Ed Ruscha
    Ooo, 2004
    Acrylic on canvas
    30 x 30 ins
    76.2 x 76.2 cm
    Signed and dated versoStudio sticker on verso
  • Ed Ruscha, Play Ball, 1984
    Ed Ruscha
    Play Ball, 1984
    Dry pigment on paper
    36 x 84 ins
    91.44 x 213.36 cm
    Signed and dated lower right
  • Ed Ruscha, Rebel, 2011
    Ed Ruscha
    Rebel, 2011
    Acrylic on canvas
    20 x 24 ins
    50.8 x 60.96 cm
  • Ed Ruscha, Rooms, 1996
    Ed Ruscha
    Rooms, 1996
    Acrylic on lithograph, framed
    16 x 28 inches
    24 x 35 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches (framed)
    Signed and date on recto, lower right corner: Ed Ruscha 1996
  • Ed Ruscha, Safe, 1989
    Ed Ruscha
    Safe, 1989
    Acrylic on canvas
    28 x 42 ins
    71.12 x 106.68 cm
    Signed and dated on the reverse
  • Ed Ruscha, Selma and Vine St, 1999
    Ed Ruscha
    Selma and Vine St, 1999
    Acrylic on canvas
    22 x 17 1/4 inches
    23 x 19 inches (framed)
    Signed on verso "Ed Ruscha 1999"
  • Ed Ruscha, So-So, 1990
    Ed Ruscha
    So-So, 1990
    Acrylic on canvas
    12 x 24 ins
    30.48 x 60.96 cm
  • Ed Ruscha, Space Study [#2], 1963
    Ed Ruscha
    Space Study [#2], 1963
    Colored pencil on tracing paper
    7 2/8 x 6 2/8 ins
    18.73 x 15.88 cm
    Signed lower right: "ER '63"
  • Ed Ruscha, Special Facts, 2009
    Ed Ruscha
    Special Facts, 2009
    Acrylic on canvas
    42 x 60 ins
    106.68 x 152.4 cm
  • Ed Ruscha, Sunset De Longpre, 2001
    Ed Ruscha
    Sunset De Longpre, 2001
    Acrylic on linen
    16 x 24 ins
    40.64 x 60.96 cm
    Signed and dated ‘Ed Ruscha 2001’ (on the reverse)
  • Ed Ruscha, That Was Then, This Is Now, 2014
    Ed Ruscha
    That Was Then, This Is Now, 2014
    Color Lithograph
    35 1/2 x 46 ins
    90.17 x 116.84 cm
  • Ed Ruscha, The End – Light Leak, 2009
    Ed Ruscha
    The End – Light Leak, 2009
    Acrylic on canvas
    24 x 36 ins
    60.96 x 91.44 cm
  • Ed Ruscha, The Girl Always Did Have Good Taste, 2007
    Ed Ruscha
    The Girl Always Did Have Good Taste, 2007
    Acrylic on canvas
    30 x 40 ins
    76.2 x 101.6 cm
  • Ed Ruscha, The Storm, 1984
    Ed Ruscha
    The Storm, 1984
    Dry pigment on paper
    13 x 23 ins
    33.02 x 58.42 cm
  • Ed Ruscha, Tulsa Slut, 2006
    Ed Ruscha
    Tulsa Slut, 2006
    Acrylic on canvas
    60 x 84 ins
    152.4 x 213.36 cm
    Signed and dated “Ed Ruscha 2006” verso
  • Ed Ruscha, We’re This and We’re That, 1982
    Ed Ruscha
    We’re This and We’re That, 1982
    Pastel on paper
    23 x 29 ins
    58.42 x 73.66 cm
  • Ed Ruscha, Yes, 1990
    Ed Ruscha
    Yes, 1990
    Acrylic on canvas
    18 x 24 ins
    45.72 x 60.96 cm
    Signed and dated on verso
  • Ed Ruscha, Yes Tree, 1983-1986
    Ed Ruscha
    Yes Tree, 1983-1986
    Oil and enamel on canvas
    50 x 40 ins
    127 x 101.6 cm
    Signed, titled and dated 1983-1986 on the reverse
Biography

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Ed Ruscha is an American artist that emerged as a Pop Artist in the 1960s. He was born in 1937 in Nebraska and studied at the California Institute for the Arts from 1956 to 1960 under Robert Irwin and Emerson Woelffer. After graduating he traveled around Europe before taking a job as a layout artist in Los Angeles. Ruscha became a part of the Ferus Gallery Group, which represented artists such as John McCracken and Larry Bell and held Andy Warhol's first solo exhibition of his Campbell's Soup Cans.

 

By the 1960s he was well known for his prints, collages, and paintings. Ruscha's works can be described as stylized representations of American pop culture combined with words and phrases that play with the image and its linguistic meaning. Ruscha works with various different mediums such as graphite, gunpowder, and pastel, to create his word and slogan works. He applies the medium with his "drawing tools", which consist of cotton puffs and Q-Tips.  These help him create his renowned smoky and illusive effect. By giving his phrases a "physical voice" he created a deadpan humor that is now synonymous with his work.

 

In interviews, Ruscha denies that he is inspired by his Southern California upbringing, but the use of large, catchy Hollywood inspired text and California themes seem to be an homage to his roots. In the early 2000s, Ruscha's auction record surpassed $2 million, and then in 2011 his record raised to $4.1 million for his work Strange Catch for a Fresh Water Fish (1965), which was then surpassed in 2014 when the painting titled Smash (1963) sold for over $30 million. His first public work was installed in 2014 in New York City's High Line featuring, Honey, I Twisted Through More Damn Traffic Today, taken from a pastel drawing he created in 1977. Ruscha continues to live and work in Culver City, California.

 

Ed Ruscha has work featured in the permanent collections of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Museo d'arte contemporanea, Castello di Rivoli in Turin, Italy, The High Museum of Art in Atlanta, The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Museum of Fine Art in Houston, Museum of Modern Art in New York, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to name a few.

 

Related categories: The American West, Language, Typography, Post-War American Art, Los Angeles Artists, Silkscreen, California Art, Conceptual Art, Text, Repetition, Pop Art, 20th Century Art, Americana, Consumerism, Landscapes, United States, Topographic Photography, Painting, Typologies, Artists' Books, Photography, Collage, Popular Culture, Engagement with Mass Media, Representations of Everyday Objects, Drawing, Black-and-White Photography