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 Ed (Edward) Moses  (1926 - )

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Lived/Active: California/New York      Known for: cross-hatch modernist imagery, graphics, painting

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Ed Moses
from Auction House Records.
Untitled, 1957
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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.

Sources include:
Suzanne Mushnic in LA Times, April 14, 1996
From the internet, AskART.com
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 resins*.

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.


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"Gallery Watch", Editors, Art & Antiques, 7/2002

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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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