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acrylic on canvas
#2 Wac, 2002
acrylic on canvas
60 × 48 inches
Veteran abstract painter Ed Moses will open an exhibition of recent paintings at Brian Gross Fine Art on Thursday, September 5, with a reception for the artist from 5:30-7:30 pm. Moses' recent series of colorful, large-scale paintings will comprise the exhibition, which runs through October 19.
The exhibition showcases Moses' well known painting style, one that is rich in dynamic color and contrast. Working in rich, sensual tones of cobalt blue, purple, and grey metallics, Moses continues his play with washed layers of paint to create spatially sophisticated compositions. Oscillating between areas of congestion and fluidity, these paintings create effects that are at once primal and poetically lyrical.
In XO and Doggod Day, dense areas of washed paint push and jostle over the canvas, revealing vibrant areas of color. In other paintings the washed spaces seem to part and open around exposed canvas, simultaneously lightening and grounding the dense areas of concentrated paint. The monumental diptych, Goth/For Lux, 78 × 126 inches, embodies this juxtaposition of open and closed space in a dynamic pictorial amalgam.
Ed Moses is a major American painter. He was born in Long Beach, CA, in 1926. His career began in the legendary Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles in 1958; in the same year he exhibited at the Dilexi Gallery in San Francisco. Although it is not commonly known, Moses lived in San Francisco for a few years in the early sixties, where his housemates and friends in the legendary Ghost House included Joan Brown, Jay De Feo, Wally Hedrick and Manuel Neri. Moses was to become the focus of numerous solo exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe for the following forty years, and continues today.
In 1996, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles presented a full-scale retrospective of his career. His work has been featured in numerous museum exhibitions and is included in the public collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Menil Foundation, Houston; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Philadelphia Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among others.
Ed Moses currently lives and works in Venice, CA. This is his fifth exhibition with Brian Gross Fine Art.