Pop artist and painter Ed Paschke died in his sleep on Thanksgiving day at the Chicago home he shared with his daughter, Sharon. He was 65. The son of a bakery truck driver, Paschke studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he was steeped in the abstract expressionism that was the dominant American art movement in the 1950s. But when he emerged as an artist in the early 1960s, Paschke became a leader of a new school called the Chicago Imagists -- so-called because they incorporated images from the media and pop culture. The New York Times said the well-known Chicago painter's "neon colors, zombielike figures, acid-toned Kool-Aid formalism and love of urban subcultures brought a distinctively dark vision to Pop Art."
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