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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Give the Art of Edward Aldrich for Christmas

In the wilds of Colorado, artist Edward Aldrich creates oil paintings on Masonite from his open studio making up a part of his home in a Denver suburb. He administers layers of glazing to convey texture which give the art of Edward Aldrich colors with depth and brilliance.

Artist Aldrich is equally well known and admired for his wild landscapes and for paintings portraying animals in their true environment. He also has gained a following for his animal portraits which appear to breathe life into his subjects.

Portraits are Edward Aldrich’s favorites because portraiture focuses the viewer’s attention and allows the artist to bring out the character of the animal who is the subject.

Rocks are a special passion of his. “I just love rocks. …they have as much character as any animal. They are a wonderful complement to animals.” he has commented. The talent and skill of reproducing various textures was a challenge accomplished and can be viewed in many pieces of the amazing art of Edward Aldrich.

Much of his process has involved determination, experimentation, and techniques he learned at the Rhode Island School of Design during the 1980s. Artist Aldrich attended Master Classes with Robert Bateman in British Columbia and has been to Africa several times to watch big cats in their own native element. He states, "My goal as an artist is to keep exploring the idea of putting life into my paintings." Artist Aldrich was juried into the Society of Animal Artists and his art is included in their annual exhibitions of "Art and the Animal". His work is in many national collections and displayed in prestigious galleries, including the permanent collection at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. "Ned", as he prefers to be called, has been accepted into their prestigious "Birds in Art" show on eleven different occasions.

It is typically problematic that most individuals who are artists or admirers of art are usually difficult to present gifts to on holidays. Giving an oil painting by Edward Aldrich would greatly please any person who has a passion for art and wildlife. Framed prints of artist Aldrich's birds, animals and wild landscapes would also certainly be cherished as significant and unique gifts. He has created many beautiful horse paintings that appear to gallop right off the canvas. When Edward Aldrich creates a portrait of an animal, he succeeds in infusing life into the canvas and oil paint.

The art of Edward Aldrich is mesmerizing and valued today, and its future is bright with promise of more Edward Aldrich creations yet to come.


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