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Ed Moses is a restless painter whose vast and diverse oeuvre has been expanding the language of abstraction for over 50 years. First exhibiting at LA’s legendary Ferus Gallery in 1958, Moses was among a group of extraordinary artists who went on to define the West Coast art scene. Calling himself a ‘mutator’, Moses practices a process-based abstraction that is in part informed by Buddhism, and in part by what he describes as his daily, necessary drive to paint.

From diagonal grids to swathes of saturated pigment, from austere monochromes to paintings of luscious vibrancy, Moses has produced a body of work that has extended our very understanding of what painterly abstraction can achieve. Moses paints tirelessly in his unique Venice, California studio, which accommodates fluid transitions between indoor and outdoor spaces. Asked about the relationship between life and art, his simple response was, ‘Well, it’s all the same, isn’t it?’

In 2015, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art mounted a solo exhibition of his drawings from the 1960s and 70s. He was the subject of a major retrospective at MOCA Los Angeles in 1996, and in 2014, was featured in a retrospective at The University of California Irvine, Cross-Section. His works are in many prominent museum collections, including Corcoran Gallery of Art, Hammer Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

 

Image above:

Ocnaf
2008 
Acrylic on canvas 
152.4 x 121.9 cm
Courtesy the artist and Blain|Southern