Mr Ray (1975)
About this artwork
In the mid 1970s Ruscha began exploring ways to use names or phrases in paintings, drawings and prints, set against a variety of unconventional and textured backdrops such as this one. This work was originally commissioned as part of a portfolio of images by contemporary artists in honour of the American modernist May Ray, who Ruscha has long acknowledged as a strong influence, although the final portfolio was never realised. Originally created as a pastel drawing, this image was then transferred onto an offset lithographic plate.
- title: Mr Ray
- accession number: AL00301
- artist: Ed RuschaAmerican (born 1937)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- medium: Embossed paper in frame
- date created: 1975
- measurements: 34.90 x 51.40 cm (framed: 50.80 x 67.20 x 5.70 cm)
- credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Artist Rooms Foundation 2011
- copyright: © Ed Ruscha.
Ruscha was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He grew up in Oklahoma and studied in Los Angeles. Ruscha's work is diverse and experimental. Since childhood he has been interested in commercial art, in the form of advertising, comic books and magazines. This led to his first paintings featuring words, produced in the late 1950s. Ruscha is equally known for his books of deadpan photographs, such as 'Twenty-six Gasoline Stations' of 1963 and volumes of banal photographs of buildings. In his work Ruscha aims to challenge accepted concepts of language and meaning, often by combining unrelated words and images.