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Cheryl D. Edwards

Edwards, Cheryl D.

ARTIST STATEMENT

BIO

Cheryl D. Edwards was born in Miami Beach, Florida. Her medium is oil, ink and acrylics.

She began her studies in art during 1987-1989 in New York City in a class at the Art Student League taught by Ernest Crichlow. He was one of 10 Black Artists from the National Conference of Artists honored at the White House during the Carter Administration.

She has been living in Washington, DC for the past 18 years. Cheryl has exhibited in many shows in the Washington, DC, Maryland, Miami, Virginia, New York, Miami, Texas and Hong Kong. Her other education consist of a BA in Political Science from Boston University and a J.D. in law from Syracuse University.

Edwards studio is located at 714 Monroe Street, NE, Washington, DC, Studio 9, and Cheryl-edwards.artistwebsites.com. Currently, represented by Artisan Direct, (Rochester, New York), Susanne Junggeburth Gallery in Germany, and Wohlfarth Galleries in DC.

 

SERIES

Art Series-2012-2013- 'Play'

28 completed abstract works in mixed media on bard and paper. This is a ongoing series of work coloring the relationship of form, color and shapes. It is a derivative of older series of work about the Ndebele Dolls.

Art Series – 2007- “The Return”
The return is about the enslavement of Senegalese people and how they preserved to survive that period of darkness in their history. The work of Cheryl Edwards begins from the beginning of the most abhorred period in Senegal with the “Door of No Return”; which is geographically located in Goree Island, Senegal. The action of perseverance is depicted in semi abstract spiritual pieces of work embodied with strong symbolism, which appeals to everyone on a universal plane. The series ends with every day scenes of what Senegal looks like in today’s society.

Art Series – 2008- “Ndebele People – Dolls Ritual/Play”
This series sets forth the concept of the use of dolls by the Ndebele People of South Africa. Traditionally all over the world dolls are inevitably used for play and also used for performing rituals. The series consist of 19 artworks using a technique, which combines ink and water-soluble oils. The works depict a combination of the Ndebele people in South Africa in common everyday scenes, and the work demonstrates through creative visual the effect of the use of dolls for the purpose of performing rituals. Dolls have been historically used by the Ndebele People to enhance the possibility of marriage and childbirth. A more widespread usage is to employ a doll to assist in a healing ritual. Many of the dolls made by the Ndebele woman are representative of the traditional healers (Sangoma); they are notably recognized by their dress and always accompanied by a red blanket or cloth worn over their shoulders. This is symbolic of protection of one’s powers. This series opened for exhibit at the Wohlfarth Galleries in Washington, DC on October 17, 2008.

Art Series-2009- “New York City Water Towers”
This series depicts the simplicity and beauty of the water towers seen on the roof tops in New York City. The paintings are semi-abstract and capture the shapes and lines of the city incorporated with the balancing shapes of the water towers. The series consist of 20 paintings using the medium of ink and water soluble oils. This exhibit opened in December 2009 at the Sitar Center for the Arts, Cafritz Gallery located in Adams Morgan community in the District of Columbia.

Art Series-2010- “Modern Day Madonna”
Modern Day Madonna is an interpretation of the modern mother and son image. The eyes of each painting depict the love and the emotions of the maternal family. The series originally consist of eight painting using the medium of ink, water soluble oils and epoxy resin. One of the Madonnas’s was juried into an exhibit and shown at the Washington County Museum of Fine Art.

Art Series-2011- "Occupy America"
Occupy America is a series which is still in progress. Currently there are 30 completed works in this series. It is composed of mixed media to include lino and wood cut prints, photo transfer, collage and acrylics. There are reoccurring images within many of the works. It is intended to let the viewer feel through the visual the state of American people during these times.

 

SELECTED EXHIBIT

Inernational Art Fair Rotterdam, Group exhibition, Gallerie Susanne Junggeburth, The Netherlands (2016)
Galerie Susanne Junggeburth, Arte Sindelfingen, Germany (2016)
Galerie Susanne Junggeburth, Spectrum Art Fair Art Basel, Miami, Florida (2015)
Anacostia Art Center, Memory Flood, Group Exhibit, Washington, D.C., (2015)
DC Commission on Arts and Humanities, Group Exhibit Fellowship Applicants, Washington, DC, (2015)
Gallery 128, 'Raciality', Group Exhibit, New York, New York, (2015)
Brentwood Art Exchange, 'At War With Ourselves', Group Exhibit, Brentwood, Maryland, (2015)
KROMA Gallery, 'Play', Solo Exhibit, Miami, Florida, (2015)
Pepco Edison Gallery, 'Light of Our Ancestors', Group Exhibition, Washington, DC, (2015)
District of Columbia Arts and Humanities, Fellowship Grantees Exhibition, Washington, DC, (2015)
Gallerie Susanne Junggeburth, Spectrum Art Fair Art Basel, Miami, Florida (2014)
Westchester County Links, Jazz Java Exhibit, White Plains,New York (2014)
Haitian Cultural Art Center Gallery, Curator Carl Juste, Miami, Florida (2014)
Artisan Direct LLC, Spectrum Art Fair Art Basel, Miami, Florida (2013)
Gallery For Good, Community Foundation, Washington, D.C. (2013)
128 Gallery, Fridge Art Fair, New York, New York (2013)
Art Expo New York, Represented by Artisan Direct, New York, New York (2013)
Shenandoah Art Council, two artist exhibit, Winchester, Virginia (2013)
Red Dot Art Fair, Solo Project, Miami, Florida (2012)
International Visions Gallery, Bombay Sapphire Regional Finalist Group Exhibit, D.C., (2012)
Howard University Blackburn Center Gallery, Group Exhibit, D.C., 2012
African American Museum of Nassau County, Solo Exhibit ('Occupy America'), Hempstead, N.Y. (2012)
Washington County Museum of Fine Art, Group Exhibit, Hagarstown, MD (2012)
Southwest Fine Arts Show, Dallas African American Museum, (2012)
T.N.Y. Art Fair, Wyndham Hotel (New York Art Week), N.Y., N.Y. (2012)
Harlem Fine Art Show, Riverside Church, New York, New York (2012)
221 Villa and Purvis Studio Museum, Group Exhibit during Art Basel, Miami, Florida (2011)
International Visions Gallery, 'The Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Regional Finale' will showcase 33 contestants, winner will compete at Art Basel (2011)
Brentwood Center for the Arts, Group Exhibit 'The Sky's the Limit', juried by Michael Platt, Brentwood, MD (2011)
Avisca Fine Arts Gallery, Group Exhibit 'Shout', Marietta, GA (2011)
David Driskell Art Center (University of Maryland), group exhibit, College Park, MD (2011)
Washington County Museum of Fine Art, group exhibit, Hagerstown, MD (2011)
Artists for the Anacostia, group exhibit, Eastern Market, Washington, DC
Shenandoah Art Council, Our Recent Roots Exhibit, (2011)
Washington County Museum of Fine Art, group exhibit, Hagerstown, MD (2010)
Gallery That, group exhibit, Hong Kong, China, (2010)
Brentwood Center for the Arts, group exhibit, Washington, DC, (2010)
Design Studio, group exhibit, Washington, DC, 2010
Target Gallery, group exhibit, Alexandria, VA (2010)
Wohlfarth Gallery-solo exhibit, Washington, DC, (2009)
Sitar Center for The Arts, solo exhibit, Washington, DC, (2009)
Wohlfarth Galleries, group exhibit, Province Town, Massachusetts, (2009)
Copyright Alliance group exhibit in the Cannon Building, Washington, DC (2009)
United States Congressional Art Judge for Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (Washington, DC) (2009)
Florence Biennale, Florence, Italy, invited to participate in December, (2009).
Enclave Art Show, Contest Winner, (Silver Spring, MD) (2009)
Group Exhibit, artdc.org Hyattsville Gallery (Washington, DC) (2009)
Sketch Book Project, traveling group exhibition (Washington, DC; Brooklyn, NY; Chicago, Illinois; Philadelphia, PA; Atlanta, A; Boston, Mass.) (2009)
Solo Exhibit, Wohlfarth Gallery, Washington, DC (2008)
The Meroe Gallery, Group Exhibit, Baltimore, MD (2008)
MOCA DC Gallery, Group Exhibit, Georgetown, DC (2008)
Artery 717 Gallery, Group Exhibit, Old Town, Virginia (2008)
Art & Tarts, Group Exhibit, Silver Spring, Maryland (2008)
Girls Gotta Run Exhibition
, Strathmore Center for the Arts Mansion, Rockville, Maryland (2008)
Black Fine Arts Exhibit, The Puck Building, New York, New York (2008)
Girls Gotta Have Shoes, Prose and Poetry Coffee House, Washington, DC (2007)
Solo Exhibit Willow Street Gallery, Takoma Park, DC (2007)
Solo Exhibit Washington Works on Paper, Brookland, DC (2007)
Whitman Walker Clinic Art Auction, Washington, DC (2007)
James Porter Colloquium Art Auction, Washington, DC (2007)
A. Salon Group Spring Show – Willow Street Gallery, Takoma Park, DC (2007)
Group Exhibit – Mark’s Kitchen, Takoma Park, Maryland (2006)
Legacy Fine Arts Show- Camelot, Mitchellville, Maryland (2006)
Juried Exhibition – Urban City Gallery, Capitol Hill, DC (2006)
Solo Exhibit Sackville Gallery, King Street, Alexandria, Virginia (2006)
Juried Exhibition – Capitol Hill Art League (2006)
Solo Exhibit – Saint Albans Society – Washington, DC (2005)
 


PUBLICATIONS

1. Galleries Magazine November 2008 Vol 36, No. 3
On the Cover Cheryl Edwards Ndebele Dolls black Ink and oil o/c, 2008, 20” x 20” Cheryl Edwards, New Exhibit Ndebele Journey, Curated by Lisa Farrell Ndebele People - Dolls Ritual/Play.
This series sets forth the concept of the use of dolls by the Ndebele People of South Africa. Traditionally, dolls are used all over the world for play and also used for performing rituals. The series consist of 17 artworks using a technique which combines ink and water-soluble oils. The works depict a combination of the Ndebele people in South Africa in common everyday scenes, and demonstrates through creative visuals the effect of the use of dolls for the purpose of performing rituals. Dolls have been historically used by the Ndebele People to enhance the possibility of marriage and childbirth.

2. “Occupy America” Catalogue published in conjunction with Exhibition at the African American Museum of Nassau County 2012.

3. Artisan Direct Magazine, published in conjunction with Red Dot Art Fair New York, May 2013.

 

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