Come and visit our new collection website, featuring over 90,000 new object records and 35,000 newly digitised artworks
Fear smeared from Here to Here
© Ed Ruscha

Reference URL

Fear smeared from Here to Here 1982

Not on display

Ed Ruscha’s work explores the tensions between image, words and meaning. The atmospheric background of this drawing contrasts with the sinister sentiment of the phrase written at the top of the work, and the area of dark colour which is developing upwards from the bottom of the drawing. The words also have an instructive and darkly comic tone, with lines in white as if to demonstrate the ‘spread’ of the fear. Although the softly smudged background looks like watercolour, it was created by rubbing dry pigments onto the paper.

Glossary Open


The colouring element in paint or dye.


A paint with colouring and binding agents diluted with water. It has a transparent quality and is usually applied to paper.

Pigment, Watercolour


  • Acc. No. GMA 4760
  • Medium Dry pigment on paper
  • Size 101.50 x 152.00 cm (framed 109.50 x 160.20 x 5.10 cm)
  • Credit Presented by the Art Fund 2005