Ed Ruscha

RED ROOSTER (1996)

About this artwork

This slightly comical work displays Ruscha’s interest in cartoon imagery alongside combinations of texture and linear qualities. It combines a lithographic print of ‘trompe l’oeil’ wooden floorboards, with what appears to be reflections of the stylised shapes of window panes. Over the top of this Ruscha has sprayed the shape of a red rooster using a stencil. With its fuzzy edges and Cornflake-box stance, he creates the impression of somewhat slapdash graffiti.

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  • title: RED ROOSTER
  • accession number: AR00062
  • artist: Ed RuschaAmerican (born 1937)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Work on paper
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: 1996
  • measurements: 54.00 x 71.10 cm (framed: 73.00 x 87.00 x 3.60 cm)
  • credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
  • 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.