Ed Rath's imagery has been greatly inspired by his personal narrative, including dreams, nightmares, and childhood memories.
BROOKLYN, NY, November 30, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Ed Rath with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Mr. Rath celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Born and raised in Minneapolis, Mr. Rath relocated to New York City in 1977 to pursue his passion for the arts. Within three years, he began participating in both group and solo shows. Over the course of his career he has been featured in more than 85 group shows and produced 30 solo exhibitions. Dubbed "The King of Alternative Spaces" by colleague and art writer Bill Barrette, Rath's work has been shown across the United States, as well as in Austria, Japan and South Korea. Solo shows have been represented by Noho/M55 Gallery, Gallery B.A.I., 55 Mercer Street Artists, Thread Waxing Space, and Art Galaxy in NYC; Split Level Gallery and the Metropolitan Jewish Geriatric Center, Brooklyn, NY; UCONN at Storrs, Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, CCSU, New Britain, CT; the Cecil R. Hunt Gallery at Webster University, St. Louis, MO; Shimin Plaza Gallery, Himeji, Japan; VIT Gallery, Seoul, South Korea; Korn Gallery, Drew University, Madison, and Farleigh Dickinson University Gallery, Teaneck, NJ; and The Pottsville Museum, Pottsville, PA. Group exhibitions include Marymount Manhattan College Gallery, The Painting Center, Artist's Space, Art in General, White Columns, Frank J. Miele Gallery, and Lohin Geduld Gallery in NYC; St. Joseph's College, the Prospect Park Boathouse Gallery, and the Rotunda Gallery in Brooklyn, NY; City Hall, Phoenix, AZ; Blackfish Gallery, Portland, OR; Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, IL; LACE Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; The Salina Art Center in Salina, KS; Gallery H.A.C., Kobe, Japan; Hangart-7, Salzburg, Austria; and the Minnesota Artist's Exhibition Program at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN.
Mr. Rath's imagery has been greatly inspired by his personal narrative, including dreams, nightmares, and childhood memories. Painting various objects and landscapes that are a symbolic representation of his inner world, he gives great detail to facial features, patterns, architectural elements and other aspects of his designs. He relies on three specific processes when working on a painting: subjective experiences, kinesthetic memory, and his visceral reaction to his subject matter. Inspired by the Post-Impressionist and early Modernist schools, Rath's imagery references a wide range of influences including German Expressionism, Surrealism, and many old master works. Travel to foreign museums shaped Rath's vision and understanding of the power of art and our common humanity. One of Mr. Rath's greatest experiences was during a trip to Salzburg, Austria in 2006. Selected to participate in the group show "New York Contemporary: Art Times Squared" at Hangar-7, he was interviewed about his 911 paintings for Austrian television.
In 1999 Mr. Rath completed two large public art pieces at Public School 7, Brooklyn, NY, commissioned by the NYC Board of Education and the NYS School Construction Authority.
Mr. Rath's paintings are included in many corporate and private collections, including Boston Medical Center and Goodwin, Proctor, and Hoar, Boston, MA; Centre Investment Services in Pembroke, Bermuda; Hale and Dorr, Washington DC; and NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation, Coney Island Hospital, Brooklyn, NY.
Since 2010, Mr. Rath has published four books concerning his art. "For the People: The Paintings and Writings of Ed Rath," 2010, showcases 110 paintings and is a testimony to the enduring power of art and the human spirit. One year later he published "Under the Influence," a catalogue of drawings and paintings from 2009 to 2011. This was followed by "Three Touchstones," 2013, which focuses on three places in the Midwest that have inspired his landscape work. "Dreams and Nightmares," 2014, is a compilation of drawings, paintings and annotations of 52 of his dreams and nightmares. Ed Rath was the subject of the 2015 book "The Other Side," by David Johnson. It explores the transition in Rath's artwork from landscape-based imagery to cartoon-like, animated tree imagery following the untimely death of his wife, Laura.
While attending boarding school as a youth, Mr. Rath discovered he greatly enjoyed drawing, finding it to be very cathartic, and had his first works published in the school newspaper. After graduating from high school, Mr. Rath continued to pursue art, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1974 and a Master of Fine Arts at the Yale University School of Art, Yale University, New Haven, CT, in 1976. Accepting the opportunity to teach, he became a drawing instructor at Parsons School of Design, NYC, from 1985-1988, later teaching art also at the Robert Fulton School (Public School 8) in Brooklyn, 1991-2000. Additionally, he taught at the Rush Kids, Rush Teens, and Rush Portfolio programs in Brooklyn, NY, through the Rush Philanthropic Foundation, 2006-2018. Mr. Rath has notably been included in multiple editions of Who's Who in America. For further information on Ed Rath's work visit www.edrath.com.
In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Ed Rath has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit www.ltachievers.com for more information about this honor.
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