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Edmund Wyss

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Portland, OR

Birth year

Lives in
San Francisco

Works in
San Francisco


Representing galleries

conceptual, realism


My unusual approach to still life oil painting focuses on detailed rendering of mechanical forms. I draw comparisons between rudimentary weapons and old photographic tools with an emphasis on segmented components and numeric impressions. My rigid compositions are based on a grid which reflects the geometric structure of these forms. Devoid of narrative traces or subjectivity, I emphasize their collective historical realization and development. In addition, my prominent inclusion of manufacturer serial numbers indicate simultaneous repetition and uniqueness.

I am fascinated by the concept of spatial domination. My painting has developed in both theme and process from this notion. My subjects use mathematical calculations to capture and control space. Both tools can reach their targets from great distances. The camera is enabled by various lenses to capture and define space, while weapons dominate space by launching projectiles. Thus, these devices allow for intimacy and distance to coexist. This illustration provides a metaphor for viewing my work. I employ a graphic framework that stretches to every edge of the canvas and paint precise detail and tonal nuances to suggest volume. In this way, the subjects dominate your field of vision. Observers should enjoy my work from multiple perspectives, between its massive sculptural illusion to a use of meticulous and active brushwork.



MFA, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, 2007
BFA, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, 1998

Group Exhibitions

Innocent Gaze, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, CA. 2007
Point and Shoot, Blackfish Gallery, Portland, OR. 2007
Cream- from the top, Arts Benicia Gallery, Benicia, CA. 2007
Vernissage, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA. 2007
MFA Group Exhibition, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA. 2007
Immediate Future, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA. 2006
Woodlands, Swell Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA. 2006
Reality Bites, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA. 2006
Selected SFAI/CCA Group Show, Swell Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco. CA. 2005

Juried Exhibitions

ProArts Gallery Annual, Oakland, CA. 2007. Juror: Berin Golonu
Anti/Social, Mission 17, San Francisco, CA. 2006. Jurors: Clark Buckner / Cheryl Meeker
Some Assembly Required, The Lab, San Francisco, CA. 2006. Jurors: Steven Wolf / Michael Arcega
Berkeley Art Center 23rd Annual National Juried Exhibition, Berkeley, CA, 2006. Jurors: Paule Anglim / Mildred Howard

Awards and Honors

San Francisco Foundation, Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship in the Fine Arts, 2006
Magna Cum Laude, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, 1998 

Recent Exhibits

Edmund Wyss participated in these exhibits:

Jul, 2014 New Great Things
Toomey Tourell Fine Art
Oct, 2012 Grand Opening
Stark + Kent Gallery
Dec, 2010 Out of the Flat Files Holiday Sale
Triple Base Gallery
Sep, 2010 Broken Down
Hatch Gallery
Jun, 2010 Edmund Wyss
SFMOMA Artists Gallery
Nov, 2008 Frame Lines
Hatch Gallery
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