1926 (Long Beach, California)
Often Known For
cross-hatch modernist imagery, graphics, painting
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|This biography from the Archives of AskART:|
|Ed Moses was born in Long Beach, California in 1926, the son of a
Portuguese mother who resided with her Scottish and English husband in
Hawaii. The couple separated when she was pregnant with Ed, and she
came to Southern California. His schooling was erratic: he was home
from school recovering from tuberculosis when he was eight and nine
years old. He dropped out of high school after a year and a half and
joined the Navy. |
Moses took his first art class at Long Beach
with Pedro Miller, then transferred to University of California at Los
Angeles in 1949. Quitting school several times and working various odd
jobs, he finally graduated in 1956 and received his Master of Fine Arts
degree in 1958. He became a technical illustrator in an aircraft
factory. He also did a series of coastal architectural drawings and his
affinity for grids became obvious. He later got into more sensual
subject matter and in the 1970s worked in translucent resins.
Characteristic of his technique is that he seldom uses a brush, but
instead works by staining, knifing, splashing and mopping and achieves
his lines by using tap and snap lines.
In the 1980s, he did a
series of large wooden panel paintings with abstract architectural
design and in the 1990s his work became more expressive. More recently
he has painted in an Abstract Expressionist style reminiscent of
Arshile Gorky's work.
Written and submitted by Jean Ershler Schatz, artist and researcher from Laguna Woods, California.
Suzanne Mushnic in LA Times, April 14, 1996
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Tracking Ed Moses by Frances Colpitt in Art in America Magazine, December 1996
|This biography from the Archives of AskART:|
|An experimental, ever-changing artist, Ed Moses has had a more than
fifty-year career as a noted artist in non-objective* and abstract* styles.
Characteristic of his technique is that he seldom uses a brush but
instead works by staining, knifing, splashing and mopping, and achieves
his lines by using tape and snap lines.|
In the mid 1950s in Los
Angeles, Moses was a student at UCLA and became a technical illustrator in
an aircraft factory. He also did a series of coastal architectural
drawings, and in this endeavor, his affinity for grids became obvious. He later got into
more sensual subject matter, and in the 1970s worked in translucent
In the 1980s, he did a series of large wooden-panel paintings
with abstract architectural design, and in the 1990s, his work became
more gestural* and expressive*.
In 1996, a retrospective of his
work was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and was
organized by the poet and curator, John Yau.
Ed Moses is California born, and
cross-hatching is the centerpiece of his abstraction.
"Gallery Watch", Editors, Art & Antiques, 7/2002
*For more in-depth information about these terms and others, see
|Biography from Robert Green Fine Arts:|
|In a career spanning five decades, Los Angeles artist Ed Moses has been
an inventive and prolific abstract painter. Moses, born 1926 in Long
Beach, studied at UCLA, receiving B.A. and M.A. degrees. He has
remained in the Los Angeles area much of his life. In the course of
his career he has explored many styles through the process of
painting. His work ranges from compositions featuring repeated
patterns, to large fields of flowing color or to hard-edged geometric
forms. For him, color is not used to describe objects, but rather to
establish pure aesthetic experience.|
Moses often speaks about
non-objective art, and insists that he has no pre-conceived image or
idea. He has stated, "I don't believe in change. I believe in
mutation, and every painting I make comes out of the painting that
preceded it. What I want to do is hang out with the materials until
something appears that I had nothing to do with."
Ed Moses has
been exhibiting since 1949, and was part of the original group of
artists from the Ferus Gallery in 1957. His paintings were documented
in a major retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art
in 1996. The Fellows of Contemporary Art sponsored a drawing
retrospective for Moses in 1976.
Works by Moses are included in museum collections including the Los
Angeles County Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Menil
Foundation, Museum of Modern Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art,
Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
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