"I work with metal effects paints (iron, copper, bronze) which change color as they oxidize, creating evocative patina in shades of brown, green and blue. Mark Rothko’s color field paintings have been a big influence on me. I try, in my own work, to capture some of that ineffable sense of awe."
Themes of decay and loss permeate Ed’s art and are reflected in his choice of medium—the evocative build-up of patina that develops as a result of the oxidation of iron copper and bronze metal effects paint.
Both of Ed’s parents were born in Poland and survived the complete destruction of their families and way of life. Ed was born in the Bronx and spent his formative years living in Paterson, New Jersey, an industrial city on the East Coast that was home to past triumphs but has now become a place of faded glory. Ed often incorporates materials that evoke this lost past in his paintings and sculpture such as reclaimed barn wood, vintage wrought iron candelabras and 75+year-old letterpress trays.
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