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Leonard Edmondson: 1918
March 15 - April 30, 2003
LEONARD EDMONDSON was born in Sacramento. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and then served in the Army from 1942 to 1946. Resuming his art direction in 1947, Edmondson employed an aesthetic vocabulary derived from abstract surrealism and created images of "almost remembered" forms.
Renowned as an etcher, Edmondson also made screenprints and lithographs. Influenced by Stanley William Hayter's viscosity etching technique, he often worked from one plate. His etchings have a wonderful sense of texture and depth, employing both bold colors and a full tonal range of black and white. His paintings, too, are imbued with the same sense of dynamic space and abstraction that he brings to his prints.
Throughout his creative life, Edmondson received numerous awards for his artwork. He also had a long and distinguished teaching career, including serving as Chair of the Printmaking Department at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles and as the Chair of the Art Department at California State University, Los Angeles.
Thru non-objective imagery and facing the
challenge of innovative techniques, his sense of ‘discovery' and his aesthetic
vitality was unabated until he ultimately succumbed to a long suffered
cancer last July.
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