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EDMOND PRAYBE

EDMOND PRAYBE

Artist Work

Suburban Dream
2012
oil on canvas
48"x72"
Woman with 2 Houses
2012
oil on canvas
60"x 60"
Drifting
2010-2011
oil on canvas
24"x 76"
Seed of Doubt
2012
Oil on canvas
72"x 48"
Playhouse
2012
oil on linen
36"x 30"
The Street
2012
oil on linen
60"x 72"

Artist Information

County
Anne Arundel County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

My current work explores the psychological implications of a human presence within the context of a specific environment. The figures and spaces in my paintings are at once particular and universal, taken from experience, but reconfigured to emphasize the formal concerns of painting as they relate to an implied narrative. I am interested in constructing an image with a level of ambiguity, allowing for a sense of mystery to enter the work. The gestures and poses of figures connect with,and break apart from, one another and their surroundings, in overarching abstract shapes which marry the formal elements of the piece to its narrative content. Reinforcing formal relationships helps the paintings to transcend the anecdotal qualities that may result from a strict perceptual methodology. I am searching for a sense of timelessness by thoughtfully composing the image, rather than attempting to document an observed scene. I adjust color, light, tone, interval, and scale to heighten sensations, so that my works will read as more than simple observational records of isolated incidents.  It is my intention that the paintings feel at once familiar and unexpected, recognizable, but unexplainable. I want  each painting to be an autonomous thing,  born out of a combination of observation, memory and invention, filtered through an understanding of the language of painting and art history. 

Artist Bio

Exhibitions

2012-
“National Juried MFA Exhibition”, First Street Gallery, New York, NY.

“National Juried Exhibition”, Prince Street Gallery, New York, NY.

“Preview Show”, The Bridge Gallery, Shepherdstown , WV.

“MFA Thesis Exhibition”, New York Studio School, New York, NY.

2011-
“Holiday Show”, The Bridge Gallery, Shepherdstown, WV.

“NUDE 3”, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH.

“Art Student Exhibition”, ISE Cultural Foundation, New York, NY.

“Annual Drawing Show”, The Bridge Gallery, Shepherdstown, WV.

“Salon Show”, Greenpoint Gallery, New York, NY.

“Empty Walls Project”, Itkowitz and Harwood, New York, NY.

2010-
“New York Studio School Group Show”, Patton Boggs LLP, New York, NY.

2009-
”Mixed-bag”, The Parkside Fine Food and Spirits, Baltimore, MD*

“Themes in Oil”, Yellow Dog Tavern, Baltimore, MD*

”Spring Ephemerals”, Irvine Nature Center, Owings Mill, MD

2008-
“One Good Turn” , Irvine Nature Center, Owings Mills, MD

2006-
”Small Works”, David and Dad’s Cafe, Baltimore, MD*

“Pulse”, Gormely Gallery, College of Notre Dame MD, Baltimore, MD

2005-
University of Maryland, School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD

2004-
Figure Painting Exhibit in honor of Odd Nerdrum, Brown Center,MICA, Baltimore, MD

“Senior Thesis Exhibition”, Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD

2003-
Mixed group exhibition, Goucher College, Towson, Maryland

1999-
“Art Excellence Exhibition”, Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD

*solo exhibitions

Bibliography-

Watson, Fran, Sept. 2011, “Take It Off”, Aeqai, www.aeqai.com.

Hidden City Quarterly, vol. 2, issue 4., summer 2010.

Bowers,J., “Old School. Painting Grads...Eyes,” Baltimore City Paper, August 2, 2006.

Grants/Fellowships

2012- Hohenberg Travel Grant for study in Europe, NYSS.

2011-2012- Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation Scholarship.

2010-2012- Trustee’s Scholarship, NYSS.

2004- Baltimore Rotary Club Scholarship, MICA.

2003- Merit Scholarship, MICA.

2000-2004- Academic Honors Scholarship, MICA.

2000-2004- Trustee’s Award, MICA.

Education-

M.F.A. Painting, New York Studio School, 2012.

B.F.A., Painting, Maryland Institute, College of Art, 2004.