CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago artist Ed Paschke, who earned international acclaim for his startling, vibrantly colored canvases of images and icons from popular culture, has died at the age of 65.

A prolific painter and the city's best-known artist, Paschke died at home in his sleep on Thanksgiving morning of an apparent heart attack, a family friend told Reuters.

Paschke belonged to a 1960s school of artists known as the "Imagists," whose work incorporating images from the media and pop culture contrasted to contemporary abstract art.

Survivors include his Paschke's wife, Nancy; daughter, Sharon; son, Marc; mother, Waldrine; brother, Richard; and a granddaughter, Erica.

If you;ve never experienced his work :: have a look. A true talent of the 20th century. And if you are ever in Chi-Town, make sure to view his works in person at the Arts Institute.