Tom Edwards' exploration of the art of drawing and the creation of spatial volumes expresses his experience, memory, and reconstruction of his surroundings. The spaces created in these drawings are based on observation and memory. They are not intended to represent any single moment in time but rather to assimilate multiple moments and observations into an experience of a place. Most of these works were developed over long periods of time, with many changes and shifts of direction. He starts with a specific idea about a place but lets the drawing participate in the spatial development by constantly altering and balancing the two and three dimensional aspects of the drawing. Often, large areas of a drawing or print are removed and redrawn to create a completely new set of references. Edwards keeps the drawing as open ended as possible, to allow as many choices as possible. The resulting surface is one of many layers that establish the history and memory of the work.
Tom thinks of his prints as a stage for the exploration of spatial development. The printmaking process allows for endless variations and changes while keeping a record of each set of changes. This process has influenced his thinking about his drawings and paintings, allowing him to integrate drawing and painting into a hybrid approach and language.
Edwards received a MFA from Yale University School of Fine Arts majoring in painting and printmaking. He was awarded the Elizabeth Canfield Hicks Honorary Award in Drawing. He received a MA from Kansas State University majoring in drawing and printmaking where he also received a bachelor of architecture degree.
Tom's work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibits at Jane Haslem Gallery, Washington, DC, Prince Street Gallery, New York, NY, Denise Bibro Fine Art, Inc. New York, NY, New Haven Arts Council: Gallery 195, New Haven, CT, New Haven Lawn Club, New Haven, CT, Gallery @ 85 Main, Centerbrook, CT, Naestved Roennebaeksholm Art & Culture Center, Naestved, Denmark, Canton Gallery on the Green, Canton, CT, and Nahcotta Gallery, Portsmouth, NH just to mention a few.
His work is in numerous collections such as Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, Library of Congress, Washington DC, National Museum of American Art, Washington DC, Smithsonian Collection, Washington DC, The New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT, Baltimore Museum, Baltimore, MD and The Boston Printmakers Permanent Collection, Boston, MA, again, just to name a few.
Woodland Path - Diptych
48" x 72"
Oil paint and pencil on prepared paper on panel
Fence + Shadow