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F House

A work made of acrylic on canvas.
© 1987 Ed Ruscha.

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  • A work made of acrylic on canvas.




Ed Ruscha
American, born 1937

About this artwork

From his earlies experinces as a sign painter, Ed Ruscha delveoped an abiding interest in the visual and conceptual tensions between text and image. In the late 1980s, he produced a succession of airbrush paintings featureing nocturnal, silhouetted images dereived from photographs. F House can be seen as an exploration of the relationship between photography and painting; the block-style letter F that floats on the house may even allude to the f-stop on a camera. the superimposition of the red motif over the house could also imply surveillance by means of a telescopic lens, or perhaps even the stop of a gun. Suggesting intrustive examination and potentila harm, the image evokes scenes from Hollywood suspense thrillers and infuses a vision of middle-class prospertity unsettling, prehaps malevolent, overtones.


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Contemporary Art


Ed Ruscha


F House


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Acrylic on canvas


116.8 × 203.2 cm (46 × 80 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Lannan Foundation

Reference Number



© 1987 Ed Ruscha.

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