Artist of the moment…..Melvin Edwards

Melvin, or Mel Edwards is a fantastic American sculptor known for his work dealing with African- Americans, race, and politics. Melvin Edwards was born in 1937 in Houston, Texas. For his collegiate studies he attended the University of Southern California and Los Angeles City College. Edwards also attended the Los Angeles County Art Institute.

1970 became the first African- American artist to have  a solo show of sculpture at the Whitney Museum of Art.

In college a major influence on Edwards was the artist from Hungary named Francis Erdelyi. Below a fine example of his style.


1976 he married a poet named Jayne Cortez.

price range information: Most works are small to medium sized and priced $5,000 to $15,000.

Has taught at many prestigious art schools including the California Institute of the Arts and the University of Connecticut.

Has works in many prestigious museums including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Museum of Modern Art of New York City, and the Houston Museum of Art, as well as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Based out of New York City.

A link to the artist’s own website.

Most popular series was that titled “Lynch Fragments.” These were small works that now number more than 200 works. As metaphors for his feelings on race and what it means to be African American are signified by using hammer heads, locks, scissors, chains, and railroad splices.

In this clip from a fellow art lover, we see a print made by cutting aluminum with a laser done by Melvin Edwards. Another artist already profiled here is also  featured named Faith Ringold.

part 1 of a series done on Melvin Edwards by the Chouinard Foundation.

part 2 of the series with Mr. Edwards.

part 3 of the series.


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