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Written by Edward Larson   
Thursday, 17 July 2008 17:52

About the artist and the art:

 Artist Statement:
My work has been influenced by artists such as Motherwell, Rothko, Mondrian, Ad Reinhart, Hans Hofmann and Franz Kline. The composition of each painting is created as a whole in a similar way one might write a word or calligraphic mark. I believe spontaneity is practiced. For each successful composition there are many preliminary attempts. Generally, if after a first attempt I find the structure displeasing I recreate the composition as a whole, rather than attempt to work on it in separate and disjointed parts. This preliminary structure is temporarily sketched using water on a solid color canvas, most often a black canvas. Once I am satisfied with the image I quickly fix the temporary lines using black paint. Working black on black and with water allows and element of chance to enter the work and requires unhesitating, decisive decisions otherwise the water or paint will dry and the basic structure of the painting may be lost. Once the basic frame work for the painting is painted in black, I proceed to fill in the resulting shapes and areas with color. This is often the longest period of the painting process as I am constantly working and reworking the relationships between colors. My most recent work has drawn inspiration from antique Japanese katagami (stencils used to dye kimonos) wall paper and other decorative sources. Incorporating pattern and decoration into my work adds another layer of visual interest, often creating or accentuating a tension between foreground and background. Tension and visual interest is also created by incorporating representational elements and pure abstraction.

Recipient of Durham Art Guild’s studio residency program at Goldenbelt, 2008-2009

BFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago 1999

Abstraction In Transition, (upcoming solo show), Durham Art Guild

Cameron Art Museum "Toying With Art", Wilmington NC
Exchange Gallery, Visual Art Exchange (Raleigh NC)

The Sketch Book Project, Arthouse Gallery (GA), Museum of Contemporary Art (DC), Laconia Gallery (MA), Antena Gallery (IL), Soulard Art Market (MO), 3rd Ward (NY), Museum of Design Atlanta (GA), Chicago Art Source Gallery (IL)

Raleigh Fine Arts Society, North Carolina Artists Exhibition 2009 at the Betty Ray McCain Gallery, Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts.
Juror Kimberly Rorschach, Director Nasher Museum of Art

30th Annual Juried Show, Caswell County Civic Center, Yanceyville NC
Terra Nova, Carrboro NC
Durham Art Guild, Member's Show , Durham NC
1301 Gallery, "The Crazy Eights and THE 88 LESSER THEMES", Omaha NE
The West End Wine Bar, Chapel Hill NC
Studio Supply, Chapel Hill NC

Durham Art Guild, Member's Show
Durham Art Guild 52nd Juried show, Juror Petah Coyne

Durham Art Council, "Our House" show
Durham Art Guild, Member's Show
Durham Art Guild 51st Juried show, Juror Judy Chicago
Chapel Hill Community art exhibit

Chapel Hill Community art exhibit

Swell (no longer open), Carrboro NC

Open Eye, Carrboro NC
Laredo Community College, Rivers and Bridges, Laredo TX
Hollis & Knight, Georgetown DC

Chapel Hill Town Hall (employee's exhibit)
Shadows and Dreams, Rosenthal Gallery, Fayetteville State University NC

BFA show, Gallery 2, Chicago IL

Professional affiliations:
Member Durham Art Guild
Former instructor at the ArtsCenter, 2003
Former instructor at Durham Arts Council, 2005-2006





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