Ed Moses: In Memoriam (1926-2018)

January 18, 2018

LAMA is sad to learn that Los Angeles artist Ed Moses passed away today, January 18, 2018, at the age of 91. A central figure of the early Los Angeles art scene, Moses was one of the original artists to show with Ferus Gallery.

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Ed Moses and Peter Loughrey, May 2015
LACMA opening, Drawings from the 1960s and 70’s

Moses was born on a boat sailing from Hawaii to Long Beach on April 9, 1926. He spent the majority of his early life in the Long Beach area, and at the age of 17 enlisted in the U.S. Navy. While in the military, Ed Moses was inspired to pursue a career in medicine and after leaving the Navy, he enrolled in a pre-med program. His interest in the medical field was short-lived, but ultimately led Moses to a series of art classes at UCLA, the University of Oregon, and back to UCLA where he finished his undergraduate degree.

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Ed Moses#2 WAC
Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA), October 11, 2015 auction

While at UCLA, Moses became quick friends with fellow artist Craig Kauffman, as well as future-owner of Ferus Gallery, Walter Hopps. In fact, rather than holding his graduate degree show on campus, Moses held his exhibition at Ferus Gallery; it was the second solo show at the now-legendary gallery.

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Ed MosesAvilda
Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA), October 13, 2013 auction

In the 1970s Moses began showing with Riko Mizuno, Ronald Feldman, Nick Wilder, and Andre Emmerich Gallery. In 1980 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship, and started his 15-year career with L.A. Louver.

Over the course of his career, Ed Moses experimented in a variety of mediums including resin, latex, acrylic, collage, lithographs, and glass, among others. LAMA was thrilled to offer a number of works by Moses over the course of his life, and will be honored to continue.

Read more about Ed’s “Secret Sauce” in an interview with Peter Loughrey.

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