Inspired by a week James and his wife spent at the world famous Monterey Jazz Festival. This work presents a beautiful dream-like image of a jam session showing the inter-play between five musicians. It features prominent swirling brush strokes with brown, tan, and gold coloring and bold outlines.
James Edwards grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. His love of art began in elementary school. After graduating from Omaha Technical High School, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. After being honorably discharged, he entered The University Of Omaha (now The University Of Nebraska at Omaha).
James moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1967 and started his Junior Year at Georgia State University. While moving toward his B.S. in Psychology, he took classes in drawing, painting, design, and illustration. After more than two decades as a corporate graphic artist/art director, he left the corporate world.
An interest in jazz that began at age twelve, resulted in James serving as on-air announcer and Program Director at an NPR jazz station in Atlanta. Music is a constant motivation for his semi-abstract painting style, and his realistic pen and ink drawing style. Enjoy his work!
The phenomenal and thriving artist Lina Iris Viktor will present her first major museum exhibit at The New Orleans Museum of Art, opening this fall. Titled Lina Iris Viktor: A Haven. A Hell. A Dream Deferred, the installation will be on display from October 5th, 2018 through January 6th, 2019.
A Haven. A Hell. A Dream Deferred will feature an entirely new body of work created by Viktor that investigates the narratives surrounding America’s involvement in the founding of Liberia. Throughout the exhibit, the artist reimagines the rich history of Liberia’s colonial past. “Liberia appears in Viktor’s re-imagining as a kind of paradise lost, and as a cautionary tale,” said Allison Young, an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow of Contemporary Art. “At the same time, her work transcends this narrative, revealing how examples of visual culture—from Dutch Wax fabrics to national emblems to gestures in the history of portraiture—exist as remnants of these colonial histories.”
Based in New York, the British-Liberian artist is highly known for her luxurious large-scale paintings and installations that are adorned with gold and include references to both modern and traditional West African culture.
“NOMA is pleased to present Lina Iris Viktor’s exhibition, and to foreground a lesser-known history of which the American South was a part,” said Susan Taylor, NOMA’s Montine McDaniel Freeman Director. “In this series, Viktor offers her unique perspective on a complex and multifaceted history.”
Programs related to the exhibition feature conversations led by Lina Iris Viktor and Allison Young, a film series, and a special talk with Viktor and curator Renée Mussai. For more information, please visit NOMA READ MORE........