Oil on Canvas
12" x 16"
Ruth Edwy studied painting and sculpture from 1962-1969, earning a BFA & MFA at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been shown in one woman and group shows throughout the United States and is in numerous private collections. Ms. Edwy presently works and resides in Saugerties, NY.
Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY; Ann Leonard Gallery, Woodstock, NY; Woodstock Artists Association, Woodstock, NY; Shades of Light Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; John McEnroe Gallery, NYC; State of the Art ’93, Boston, MA; Rochester Institute of Art, Rochester, NY; Kettle Gallery, NYC; Pratt Institute Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
When I begin a painting, I don’t always have a particular idea or emotion that I want to express. Rather, I have the need to paint, per se, and from the act itself--the physical gesture, the movement of the brush on the canvas, the color and shape and line that begin to come from my hand and body--the painting begins to emerge as a coherent entity. At some point, what started out, not random, but unplanned, takes on a meaning for me and from that point on, I know exactly what I a doing: I let the painting lead me to where it wants to go. I don’t intend to make the process sound like an aimless, un-disciplined one; I’m just trying to make clear that my impetus is not always intellectual or emotional.
For about 20 years, most of my paintings incorporated hard edge, geometric shapes within a more atmospheric background, in order to create a different planal surface and spatial tension an I have, basically, used a particular range of colors for the same period of time. It wasn’t until the late 80’s that my palette began to evolve and a more painterly surface began to appear, which then led me to a period of intensely active brushwork with a more obvious landscape theme, and a warmer palette. The next period my work took the active energy of the previous period, subdued it and created a more playful, and lyrical painting while incorporating soft-edge geometric forms, lines, circles, etc.
Currently, my paintings involve the landscape, more and more, whether in a very abstract form or very literal, but in the end what defines all of my art work, over many years, is my love affair with light and color.