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Ed Ruscha’s Word paintings:

As with Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, his East Coast counterparts, Ed Ruscha’s artistic training was rooted in commercial art. His interest in words and typography ultimately provided the primary subject of his paintings, prints and photographs. The very first of Ruscha’s word paintings were created as oil paintings on paper in Paris in 1961. Since 1964, Ruscha has been experimenting regularly with painting and drawing words and phrases, often oddly comic and satirical sayings alluding to popular culture and life in LA. When asked where he got his inspiration for his paintings, Ruscha responded, “Well, they just occur to me; sometimes people say them and I write down and then I paint them. Sometimes I use a dictionary.” From 1966 to 1969, Ruscha painted his “liquid word” paintings: Words such as Adios (1967), Steel (1967–9) and Desire (1969) were written as if with liquid spilled, dribbled or sprayed over a flat monochromatic surface. His gunpowder and graphite drawings (made during a period of self-imposed exile from painting from 1967 to 1970) feature single words depicted in a trompe l’oeil technique, as if the words are formed from ribbons of curling paper. Experimenting with humorous sounds and rhyming word plays, Ruscha made a portfolio of seven mixed-media lithographs with the rhyming words, News, Mews, Pews, Brews, Stews, Dues, News (1970).

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Cheese Man

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Portrait. Roy Liechtenstein. 1977.


Lichtenstein Nudes

Roy Lichtenstein, Nude with Yellow Flower (1994)

Nude with Yellow Flower. Roy Lichtenstein. 1994.

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Blue Nude. Roy Lichtenstein. 1995.

 


Garbage Can

Step On Can With Leg. Roy Lichtenstein. 1961.

Step On Can With Leg. Roy Lichtenstein. 1961.


We Rose Up Slowly

We Rose Up Slowly. Roy Lichtenstein. 1964.

We Rose Up Slowly. Roy Lichtenstein. 1964.


California Swimming Pools

There’s no one who can capture water quite like Hockney. Tantalising and hypnotic, and oh so refreshing!

Sunbather. David Hockney. 1966.

Sunbather. David Hockney. 1966.

Peter Getting Out of Nick's Pool. David Hockney. 1966.

Peter Getting Out of Nick’s Pool. David Hockney. 1966.

Picture of a Hollywood Swimming Pool. David Hockney. 1964.

Picture of a Hollywood Swimming Pool. David Hockney. 1964.

Hockney painting pool at Hotel Roosevelt

Hockney painting the pool at the Hotel Roosevelt in LA in 1989