The relationship between the past and present has always been the inspiration behind many of the ideas I explore in my art. As a painter I continually ask questions of my place in the modern world. The process of image making has a long tradition, which I study and honor. The unique language I have developed over the years is one which draws upon periods in both history and art. In earlier works my approach to image making was aligned with the medieval periods for conceptual and stylistic affinities, but in more recent works I am focused on a personal language of the self. Isolation, loss, and transcendence are common themes. In a new series of paintings titled, Fugitive Speculations, the appearance and dis-appearance (physical dissolution) of imagery occupies the picture plane. These works on paper/blueprints are a modern equivalent of a palimpsest. Unlike medieval palimpsests, in which text is scraped off and reused, in this series of blueprints from 1993, careful attention is paid to the previous history and intentions of the architect’s codes and symbols.
Ed Fraga is a recipient of a Kresge Artist Fellowship, an Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts, and an Awards in the Visual Arts 8. His paintings are in the permanent collections of the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Flint Institute of Arts, and Cranbrook Art Museum, as well as many prominent private collections locally and nationally.