Born Edward Joseph Rusch IV in Omaha, Nebraska.
American Pop Artist Edward Ruscha moved to Los Angeles, California to study at the Chouinard Art Institute (now the California Institute of the Arts) at the age of eighteen, studying under Robert Erwin and Emerson Woelffer. To support himself, he took a job as a commercial artist at the Carson-Roberts Advertising Agency following his graduation in 1960.
Inspired by abstract expressionist Jasper Johns, Ed Ruscha had moved away from his interest in graphic arts and instead began incorporating words and phrases into his paintings by 1956. Ed Ruscha almost immediately became associated with the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles and began receiving recognition for his photography, collages and paintings. In 1962, Ruscha’s exhibited his work at the Pasadena Art Museum. The historical exhibition entitled New Painting of Common Objects also included artists Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Robert Dowd, Jim Dine, and Wayne Thiebaud and is considered one of the first American Pop Art exhibitions.
Ed Ruscha is well known for his paintings incorporating words. He is also known for creating books featuring documentary photographs of American gasoline stations, houses, and swimming pools and many other subjects.
Ruscha’s work now appears in numerous collections worldwide. He was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1971 and currently resides in Culver City, California.