Ed Moses insists he’s a painter who experiments with pigments and other materials on canvases rather than an artist who creates things. In any case, he is a renowned artmaker. He was one of a group of painters, which included Ed Ruscha and Robert Irwin, whose careers were launched with exhibitions at Los Angeles’ Ferus Gallery in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Except for a few years when he lived in New York and Europe, he is a lifelong resident of Southern California. His portfolio — beginning with architecture-referencing drawings in the early 1950s and progressing through grids, smeared-color abstractions, and monochromes — is incredibly diverse. Descriptions of his work might include the words jazzy, peaceful, scary, elegant, densely busy, and simply unexplainable.
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