Ed Ruscha was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1937. Ruscha moved permanently to Los Angeles where he attended the Chouinard Art Institute from 1956 to 1960. By the mid sixties, the artist had published his first photography book, Twenty-Six Gasoline Stations, and had completed a series of paintings that displayed with great precision a single word against a flatly lit background. Ruscha first solo exhibition was at the Ferus Gallery in 1963.
In 1971, Ruscha produced his first film entitled Premium soon and continued work on his textual paintings. Some works include such figurative and verbal symbols as egg yolk, blood, and gunpowder.