Ed Paschke


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American painter, born in Chicago. He trained at the Art Institute of Chicago, where Jim Nutt also studied, and they had in common an approach which emphasized the aggressive aspects of popular imagery, what John Russell called ‘a relentlessly gabby, arm-twisting, eyeball-contacting quality’ (The New York Times, 31 January 1982). He made his name with garishly coloured paintings of startling subjects such as circus freaks. The photographic quality of these works eventually came to dissatisfy Paschke, who was worried that their initial impact was not sufficiently lasting, and he developed a different style, featuring fragmented images appearing as though on poorly functioning video screens. Paschke was a celebrity in his native Chicago, even appearing alongside another famous son of the city, the basketball player Michael Jordan, on a mural for a menswear store. In addition to his local fame, Paschke was enormously admired in Paris, where a retrospective exhibition of his work was held at the Pompidou Centre in 1990.

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A. G. Artner, ‘Ed Paschke; 1939–2004’, Chicago Tribune (28 November 2004)

Subjects: Art.

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