About the artist:
The following, submitted August 2005 and reviewed 2017, is from the artist. Born 1941 in Joliet, Illinois, Stanley Dean Edwards moved to Chicago early in life. His mother was a Chicago public school teacher, and his father was a Methodist minister. He studied painting and design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, receiving a BFA in 1967. While at SAIC, Edwards was influenced by Vera Berdich's printmaking classes and Daniel Massen's design classes. After a brief stay in New York (19671970), where he was profoundly shaken by urban rioting and general upheaval of this time, Edwards returned to Chicago and later set up a studio in the Pilsen Neighborhood. Edwards is primarily a figurative painter whose work is informed by both Surrealism and Constructivism. Early hard-edge paintings from the mid-1960's feature a series of screaming babies set in brightly colored environments. These works offer religious suggestions, as the infants are paired with ecclesiastical figures presented atop an altar. Other protagonists of his series include dogs and faceless men. (1) In the early 1960's, Stan Edwards was part of a diverse group of artists that included George Kokines, Ray Siemanowski, Michael Hurson and Peter Holbrook among others. These artists and Edwards were part of that decade's vanguard and their work was included in an exhibition titled, "Twelve Chicago Artists" at the Walker Art Center. The curator was Jan Van der Marck. Edwards called his paintings of babies, dogs and erotic torsos from that period "image painting" because they were taken not from the model stand but cast off photo images. One painting from this period, Infant in Altar IV, is a 60" x 60" an oil and acrylic painting and was loaned by the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian to the Museum of Contemporary Art for its fifty year retrospective titled, "Art in Chicago, 1945 to 1995." The painting is part of the Martha Jackson memorial collection at the National Museum of American Art. (2.) Recent paintings, which Edwards calls "Icons for a New Era: Assembled Art Imagery," feature iconic images composed of items from popular culture; witty titles often allude to the materials from which they were made. The found objects, vibrant colors, and slick presentations of his works indicate their relationship to and a continuation of Pop art. Both humorous and sinister, Edwards' paintings reflect the psychological uneasiness associated with the close of the twentieth century. (3.) One painting of this series titled Surveyor is a 66" x 60" oil and acrylic painting and appears in the book Humor in Art by Nicholas Roukes, published by Davis Inc. The book is widely used as a text for art and design projects. (4.) In October of 2002 Edwards presented a retrospective exhibition of his work at the Illinois Institute of Art where he taught art and design in the foundation program. His lecture and exhibition were presented as part of "Chicago Artist's Month" sponsored by the Department of Cultural Affairs for the City of Chicago. In 2004 Edwards completed a major commission for the new Veterans' Administration building in Chicago. The commission centered on patriotic themes and one large 6 and 1/2' x 10' painting is dedicated to prisoners of war. Five others are 48" x 48" and depict the military branch seals, and four paintings 32" x 32" are based on 19th century patriotic engravings. Stan Edwards, who retired from the Illinois Institute of Art in 2009, lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. Sources: (2. & 4.) Press release (1. & 3.) "Art in Chicago 1945 1995, MCA.) COLLECTIONS: Selected corporate & institutional collections National Museum of American Art/Smithsonian Corcoran Gallery of Art Ceco Corporation Crain Communications Thrall Railcar Company American Hospital Association Plyzynski & Associates, Inc. NYC North American Jet Corporation Ball State University Illinois Institute of Art at Chicago State University of New York Harris Bank & Trust Dallas Theater Center Electronic Media Magazine Johnson Controls Central National Bank of Cleveland Associates Commercial Corporation Corporate Art Source Veterans' Administration Commission, Chicago, 2004 Ten site specific paintings Siemens Corporation COLLECTIONS: Selected private collections Walter & Dawn Clark Netsch Beatrice "Buddy" Mayer Douglas Ross Larry Aronson Marc & Ilana Platt Phil & Joan Krone Craig & Janet Duchossois Sally Fairweather Shirley Hardin Brian Boyer Pritzker collection James Speyer collection Michael Greany Ed & Lindy Bergman Collection Leigh Block Collection Professor Harold Platt Professors Lew Erenberg & Susan Hirsch Dr. David Gross Professor Mihaly Csiksentmihalyi Dr. Paula Young Dr. & Mrs. Imre Hidvegi EXHIBITIONS: Selected exhibitions Biennial Drawing Exhibition, Art Institute of Chicago, 1962 Momentum II, Lexington Hall, University of Chicago, 1964 The Sunken City Rises, Hermann Hall, Illinois Institute of Technology,1964 Eye on Chicago, Hermann Hall, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1964 29th Corcoran Biennial, 1965, Washington, D.C. Inaugural exhibition, Fairweather-Hardin, 1965 Society for Contemporary Art, Art Institute of Chicago, 1965 12 Chicago Painters, Walker Art Center, 1965, Minneapolis, Minnesota Black & White Show, Hyde Park Art Center, 1966 Protest & Hope, The New School, 1967, NYC Illinois State Museum, Group Exhibition, 1967 Violence in Art, Museum of Contemporary, 1973 Chicago Art Perspective, June Nights at Navy Pier, 1980 Living with Art Two & Three, Netsch Collection, 1983 & 1991 The Martha Jackson Memorial Collection, National Museum of American Art/Smithsonian, 1985, Washington, D.C. Pilsen Artists Open House, 1979, 80, 81, 82, 83, 87, 94 Art in Chicago, 1945-1995, Museum of Contemporary Art, 1997 One Man Show, Ripon College, 1998, Ripon, Wisconsin Artist member exhibitions The Arts Club of Chicago, yearly Faculty Exhibition, Illinois Institute of Art, 2001 "Significant Signifiers" a group exhibition at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, 2001 Retrospective exhibition, Illinois Institute of Art, 2002 Publications: ART NOW, Gallery Guide, Review & Cover, January, 1994 - Stan Edwards at Carol Jones Gallery. Magazine, color illustration on cover Oak Leaves, Pioneer Press August 10, 2005, "Diversions" See: "Making art that’s easy on the eyes" newspaper The Passionate Collector - Robert B. Mayer’s Adventures In Art, 2012 by Marla H. Hand, 179 pages, color illustrations NEW: "Baby in a Shooting Gallery" Oil & Acrylic on canvas, 1966, 44" x 34" Acquired for the permanent collection of The Art Institute of Chicago, 2016
The following, submitted August 2005 and reviewed 2017, is from the artist. Born 1941 in Joliet, Illinois, Stanley Dean Edwards moved to Chicago early in life. His mother was a Chicago public school teacher, and his father was a Methodist minister.