Ed Paschke (1939-2004) was recognized as one of the leading Chicago Imagist artists, having created works emphasizing such themes as violence and religion, celebrity and representation, and mass communication. He was profoundly influenced by his father, a woodworker and amateur sculptor, and entered into the art world after earning his B.F.A. and M.F.A. at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Although briefly involved with the New York Pop Art scene Paschke spent most of his life in Chicago. Paschke’s work was and continues to be shown across the United States and internationally, residing in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Musee d’Art Moderne Nationale in Paris, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.