About this artwork
‘Dog’ was made by Ruscha at a time when he said he “wanted to make something smoky and difficult to see.” A simple graphic outline is obscured by grasses against a grey, blank backdrop. Since the 1980s Ruscha has made a range of prints, drawings and paintings using simple, picture book images such as these in silhouette, which are then blurred or distorted. Many of these motifs are derived from childhood books and magazines. Ruscha has used the ‘mixographia’ technique to create this print, a process which allows deep texture and fine surface detail to be created.
- title: Dog
- accession number: AL00317
- artist: Ed RuschaAmerican (born 1937)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- materials: Mixographia technique on paper
- date created: 1995
- measurements: 69.20 x 97.80 cm (framed: 84.70 x 113.40 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.