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Patterns and Folds

oil on panel, 36"x 36", 2018

Heirlooms

oil on panel, 36"x 48", 2018

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About Edmond

Anne Arundel County

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 Edmond Praybe is a Baltimore area based painter and educator. He received his BFA from Maryland Institute, College of Art and MFA from the New York Studio School. His work has been shown widely at venues including Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, OH, Stephen F. Austin State University in TX, The University of Mary Washington in VA, Prince Street and Bowery Galleries in New York City and The Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD. Notable art critics Jed Pearl and David Cohen... more

Small Histories

Small Histories is an evolving body of paintings and works on paper that are built around broad themes of absence and presence. The objects in these works have all been held on to over many years, not only for their visual qualities, but for their attachments to certain memories, places and people. Old clothing, dishes, vases, hemlock cones, birds nests, fabric scraps and stones all contain small stories and memories. I image these stories co-mingling across time and space and converging in little vignettes arranged in the studio. Certain elements reappear from painting to painting like characters weaving in and out of intertwining narratives. Figures make themselves know occasionally, but often the human element is absent and only eluded to by the symbols of daily activity; a cup and saucer, a meticulously placed collared shirt, heirloom bowls, seashells from a favorite family trip and various bric-a-brac all overtly staged by the human hand. The stories the objects in these stagings tell are opaque. Their meanings open to a slow unraveling of elusive symbols and connotations; the folds of a christening dress repeat in a sea of white china and shells or bits of bone and dried flowers weaving into the pattern on a cut of fabric. Room has been left open for exploration of the visual and material qualities of the paintings without the trappings of explicit narrative.

Small Histories (Works on Paper)

Works on paper from 'A History of Small Things'. Most are stand alone works, however a few are studies for oil paintings.

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