Ed Whitmore

"I work with metal effects paints (iron, copper, bronze) which change color as they oxidize, creating evocative patina in shades of brown, green and blue. Mark Rothko’s color field paintings have been a big influence on me. I try, in my own work, to capture some of that ineffable sense of awe."

Under the Sea (bas relief triptych) - Oxidized metal effects paint on chiseled wood 40 x 36 in.

Themes of decay and loss permeate Ed’s art and are reflected in his choice of medium—the evocative build-up of patina that develops as a result of the oxidation of iron copper and bronze metal effects paint.

Both of Ed’s parents were born in Poland and survived the complete destruction of their families and way of life. Ed was born in the Bronx and spent his formative years living in Paterson, New Jersey, an industrial city on the East Coast that was home to past triumphs but has now become a place of faded glory. Ed often incorporates materials that evoke this lost past in his paintings and sculpture such as reclaimed barn wood, vintage wrought iron candelabras and 75+year-old letterpress trays. 

Blue Notes - Vintage wrought iron base with oxidized metal effects paint on wood 48 x 16 x 16 in.
Jubilant - Vintage wrought iron base with oxidized metal effects paint on wood 36 x 18 x 18 in.
Evanescent Ice Floes - Oxidized metal effects paint on wood 48 x 19 in.
Origins of the Universe - Oxidized metal effects paint on wood 24 x 36 in.
Ethereal - Oxidized metal effects paint on wood 36 x 36 in.
Earth Mother Goddess Shrine - Oxidized metal effects paint on chiseled wood 40 x 16 in.
Tree of Life (bas relief) - Oxidized metal effects paint on chiseled wood 36 x 24 in.
Ephemera - Oxidized metal effects paint on wood 16 x 36 in.
Jerusalem at Sunset - Oxidized metal effects paint on vintage oak desk drawer 24 x 24 in.
Hall of Bulls (Lascaux) - Oxidized metal effects paint on chiseled wood 18 x 40 in.
Sublime (5 part series) - Oxidized metal effects paint on wood 24 x 60 in.
Tree in Winter (bas relief) - Oxidized metal effects paint on chiseled wood 42 x 20 in.
Radiant Tree (bas relief) - Oxidized metal effects paint on chiseled wood 48 x 36 in.

This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


 

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