• Ed Flood
    Untitled
    c. 1973
    acrylic, Plexiglas and wood
    26 x 19 3/8 x 9 1/2 inches

  • Ed Flood
    Mast
    1979
    acrylic on canvas on wood
    20 x 24 x 20 inches approximately

  • Ed Flood
    C.C.
    1978
    acrylic on canvas on wood
    19 1/2 x 12 x 19 1/2 inches

  • Ed Flood
    Untitled
    1978
    watercolor on paper
    22 1/4 x 30 inches
    signed and dated on front, initialed on back

  • Ed Flood
    Untitled
    1975
    watercolor on paper
    22 1/4 x 30 inches
    signed and dated on front, initialed on back

  • Ed Flood
    Model
    c. 1976
    acrylic, foam core and cardboard
    8 1/2 x 7 x 10 inches
    signature stamp on base

  • Ed Flood
    Jackie’s Club
    1968
    acrylic, Plexiglas, and wood
    13 x 11 x 3 inches

  • Ed Flood
    Pascale’s Triangle
    1973
    acrylic, Plexiglas, and wood
    24 x 30 x 15 1/2 inches

  • Ed Flood
    Untitled (One Side Edge Round)
    1973
    acrylic, Plexiglas, and wood
    14 1/2 x 16 1/4 x 10 inches

  • Ed Flood
    Sketch (palms on cliff with lightning)
    n.d.
    ink on paper
    14 x 17 inches

  • Ed Flood
    Time Capsule (Multicolor)
    c. 1966 - 70
    mixed media
    12 x 12 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches

  • Ed Flood
    Time Capsule (Brown)
    c. 1966 - 70
    mixed media
    12 3/4 x 12 x 4 inches

  • Ed Flood
    Edward C. Flood Constructions
    1973
    acrylic, Plexiglas, wood
    13 x 18 1/2 x 2 inches

  • Ed Flood
    Sketch (palm with 3 windows)
    n.d.
    ink on paper
    14 x 13 inches

  • Ed Flood
    Study (with red clouds)
    c. 1969
    ink on tracing paper
    12 x 14 inches

  • Ed Flood
    Untitled (various marker sketches)
    c. 1969
    ink and marker on paper
    9 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches

  • Ed Flood
    Sketch for Enemy Gunners
    1969
    ink on paper
    14 x 17 inches

  • Ed Flood
    Study (palm tree)
    1968
    ink on yellow paper
    13 x 9 1/2 inches

  • Ed Flood
    Lone Palm
    1968
    color serigraph
    22 x 17 inches
    Edition of 5

  • Ed Flood
    Sketch (palm trees with clouds)
    n.d.
    ink on paper
    14 x 17 inches

  • Ed Flood
    Rain Cloud Over the Island Paradise
    1967
    mixed media on acetate and paper in artist’s frame
    15 x 12 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches

  • Ed Flood
    Untitled (crate)
    c. 1970
    acrylic and wood
    18 x 18 x 4 inches

  • Ed Flood
    Untitled (crate for First Nighter)
    c. 1970
    acrylic and wood
    18 x 18 x 4 inches

  • Installation view
    Automaton, Galerie Buchholz, Cologne, Germany

  • Ed Flood, c. 1980


BIO

b. 1944 – d. 1985

Ed Flood was a member of the influential group of Chicago artists known as the Imagists who burst onto the art scene in the late 1960s with a series of exhibitions at the Hyde Park Art Center organized by artist and curator Don Baum. Flood’s work was first shown in the Nonplussed Some show there in 1968.

Flood was always an exceptional craftsman. The layers of impeccably painted Plexiglas held by finely joined wood frames in these early works are a testament to his skills. Like many of the Chicago Imagists, Flood was inspired by pop cultural sources like comics and picture postcards. His method of reverse-painting on Plexiglas achieved a bright and highly polished look comparable to that of mass-produced graphics and pinball machines. Flood used layers of Plexiglas the way a printmaker would use color separations, exploding his seemingly flat images into complicated treasure boxes.

The subversive slickness of Flood’s medium in these early works is complemented by their subject matter. With calculated perfection they show dense tropical landscapes, perky palm trees, and fiery flowers. Soon the palm trees become nonsensical emblems of happiness gone awry; they vibrate mysteriously in empty fields, storm clouds gathering in the distance. By the early 1970s, Flood’s box constructions were almost entirely abstract, with layer upon layer of wiggling pastel shapes that could be clouds, trees, or sea anemones. In pieces like Zero Dead Hero and The Flaming Comet Zulu Dart Board, Flood touches on colonialism and war as contemporary examples of the inherent dangers of both real and metaphorical paradises.