Commuters, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 54 inches, 2015

About the Artist

Ed Rath was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After completing his education at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design and the Yale University School of Art, he moved to New York City in 1977. 

Since 1980 he has participated in over seventy five group shows and produced twenty three solo shows. He has shown his work in Austria, Japan, South Korea, New York, and throughout the USA, and has published three books about his art work. He lives and paints in Brooklyn, New York.

About the Work

My work derives primarily from personal narrative. The emotional sub-text is expressed allegorically. The landscape becomes the symbolic representation of my inner world; figures represent different parts of my human nature. Trees symbolize other people, both living and dead. Objects represent desires, hopes, and unattainable ideals.

Choosing to be an artist is a choice of hope for the future, an act of faith in the ability to solve our problems and move forward. The blank canvas is the ever changing tableaux upon which we express our will and desire to envision the world as a better place.

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