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Ed Flood

Ed Flood

Ed Flood. Courtesy of Hyde Park Art Center

Formative Years

Ed Flood was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1944. He graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1969 and was a member of the group known today as the Chicago Imagists. Along with Ed Paschke, Flood helped organize the first Nonplussed Some exhibition in 1968.

Colorful “Constructions”

Flood’s early work from the 1960s and early 1970s is characterized by his bright, colorful hand-crafted “boxes” or “constructions” that include layer upon layer of painted plexiglass held within wood frames. These boxes and wall hangings in some ways resemble works by Joseph Cornell and Flood’s mentor H.C. Westermann, but Flood’s subject matter is unique, often depicting tropical scenes with vivid colors and palm trees that nearly mimic the interior of an aquarium.

Artistic Legacy

Flood’s work was shown in galleries in Chicago and New York City and was included in exhibitions by legendary dealers Phyllis Kind, Richard Feigen, and Allan Frumkin. Flood had his first solo exhibition at Allan Frumkin in 1970. Ed Flood died at the age of 41 in 1985. Two years later, the Hyde Park Art Center held a retrospective on his career.

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