In 2010, Larry Edwards began a series of paintings based on the world of freaks taken from carnival sideshows. This was followed in 2011-12 by a series of paintings of freaky furniture. Both of these freaky series seemed to be based on new and fresh ideas. It was at this point Mr. Edwards began to re-examine his work from the past years (1980 on). He was surprised to find that much work from those years had freaky qualities in them and that it might be a defining characteristic of much of what he does as an artist. In order to illustrate this continuum, the artist will include freaky works from the past with recent manifestations of the freaky world he creates
Larry Edwards has been painting for sixty years. His exhibition record includes group shows at five New York galleries and many one man and group exhibitions in the Southeast and the Midwest in America. He taught for forty years at five colleges and universities. Grants received include those from the Penny McCall Foundation and Art Matters Inc. from New York and a Tennessee Arts Commission Fellowship. His paintings are in numerous public and private collections. A two person, (with the sculptor, Greely Myatt), exhibition, Contemporary Parallels in Dante's Inferno was shown over a two year period in Atlanta, New Orleans, Jackson, Mississippi, and in two locations in Tennessee. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree in 1957 from the University of Mississippi. He currently works and resides in Memphis, Tennessee.
Gallery Fifty Six will have an artist's reception for Larry Edwards on Friday, June 1, 2012 from 5 to 8 PM. The event is free and open to the public. The exhibition will run from June 1 to June 30, 2012. Gallery Fifty Six is located at 2256 Central Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday, from noon to 4 PM, and on Saturday from 11 AM to 4 PM. The telephone number is 901-276-1251.