(American, b.1926) is an abstract painter, central figure in the Los Angeles art scene, and a key promoter of Post-War, West Coast art. Moses briefly enlisted in the US Navy, and, after being rejected from medical school, enrolled in art classes at Long Beach City College. Over the next several years, Moses attended UCLA, the University of Oregon, and UCLA again, where he befriended fellow artist Craig Kauffman
, who introduced him to future owner of Ferus Gallery, Walter Hopps, where he had his graduate show.
After moving to New York in 1957, where he was exposed to the works of artists such as Mark Rothko
, Ellsworth Kelly
, and Willem de Kooning
, he returned to Los Angeles, where he became an important part of the growing Post-War art scene. In 1968, the artist joined the faculty at the University of California, Irvine.
Throughout his career, Moses has experimented with the idea of surface and process, using a variety of styles and techniques to create bold and innovative compositions. His work ranges from paintings featuring repeated decorative patterns, to large fields of flowing color and hard-edged geometric designs.
Moses’ graphics, such as the Wedge
prints, reveal his interest in the ways in which process and materials are unified to become an image. In these works, layers of pigment-heavy paper are superimposed, creating overlapping planes of color imbedded in the material. The result is an abstract work that synthesizes already existing artistic ideas, but still stands alone.
Today, his works can be found in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Menil Foundation, The Museum of Modern Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.