Ed Ruscha

Rabbit (1986)

About this artwork

In the 1980s Ruscha created a number of paintings and prints using simple, picture book images such as these in silhouette. Many of these motifs were derived from childhood books and magazines, marking a departure from the slick Los Angeles based imagery of his earlier work. During this time he also placed single objects in front of backgrounds such as this one which, although minimal, suggests a real place rather than a blank backdrop. The technique of airbrushing allowed him to create a new texture in his images.

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  • title: Rabbit
  • accession number: AL00306
  • artist: Ed RuschaAmerican (born 1937)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Work on paper
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: 1986
  • measurements: 113.80 x 86.00 cm (support: 127.80 x 100.10 cm, framed: 129.90 x 101.70 cm)
  • credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Artist Rooms Foundation 2011
  • copyright: © Ed Ruscha.
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Ed Ruscha

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.