Lee Edwards is an
artist working in Duarte, California. His landscapes and cactus paintings are
gaining recognition in exhibitions around Southern California. Born in East Los
Angeles in 1949, at the age of 7 he moved with his family to Dalton, Georgia where
he began his interest in art. A local interior designer and architect named
Marjorie Rhodes and her husband Travis, a textile designer, encouraged Lee in
his drawing and painting. They built a community arts center out of an old fire
Formal art studies began at the
University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1969 where Mr. Edwards was an assistant to
the British photo-realist painter Malcolm Morley who was artist in residence.
After a summer touring the art museums of Europe, Mr. Edwards continued his
studies at the Dayton Art Institute in Ohio. He took many studio classes in
fine art including daily classes in life drawing, ceramics and sculpture,
working in mediums of terracotta, steel welding, and casting in aluminum and
bronze. Oil painting classes at the institute concentrated on abstract
expressionism and color-field styles popular at the time. His paintings from
that period were similar to the styles of Jackson Pollack and Kenneth Noland.
After a year at the Dayton Art Institute, Mr. Edwards completed a B.A. degree
in fine art at La Sierra University in Riverside, California where he gave his
first one-man show of paintings. He went on to earn an M.F.A. degree in Cinema
at USC in 1974 and then settled in the Los Angeles area where he worked in documentary
film as an Emmy award-winning writer and editor.
After a transition from film back to
painting, Lee joined the California Art Club. His plein air sketches in oil and
studio landscapes continue the tradition of realistic landscape painting.
have been created in the San Gabriel river area with views of Mt. Baldy and the
San Gabriel mountain range, and, a series of cactus close ups in their natural
environment. Recent exhibitions include a one-man show at the Claremont Forum
Gallery in Claremont, California. Upcoming exhibition will be a juried group show titled "Art Matters" at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens.