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Temi Wynston Edun

Born Nigeria, W. Africa ; Lives and works in Maryland, USA

Education:

BFA(Sculpture) University of Benin, Nigeria 1984

Exhibitions:

2018 “Small Wonders” Circle Gallery, Annapolis MD

2018 “African kaleidoscope” Serengetti Gallery, Capitol Heights MD

2017 "just get over it (they say)' Featured on The Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures Oct 2017
2017 "Migrations" Curve Gallery. Annapolis MD.  http://md fedart.com/wp4/wp-content/uploads/2006/01/Migrations Online2pgFINALCat-1.pdf
2016 "The Spirit of Fall" The Meeting House Gallery, Columbia, MD
2016 'The Opening" Guilbeaux Gallery, Vicksburg, MS
2015: "strokes of genius" MFA Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD- National juried exhibit: Juror: JoAnn Moser (Smithsonian American Art Museum)
A 2015 American Arts Award winner
2015: Takoma /Langley Crossroads Development Authority Art Exhibit
2015: Howard County Arts Council Spring Exhibit
2014: Circle Gallery, Annapolis, Maryland
2014: Columbia Art Center
1994: Howard University Gospel Choir commission
1992: Black Heritage Arts Festival, Atlanta, Georgia

 

Temi Wynston Edun is a contemporary artist currently living and working in Maryland, USA. Wynston Edun was born in Nigeria and migrated to the United States in 1987 after receiving his degree in Fine Arts from the University of Benin in 1984. He's art is figurative, focusing primarily on portraiture. He constructs semi-abstract figures with impulsive mark making using both traditional and non-traditional techniques.

Edun’s inspiration derives from the behaviors of people which he depicts in a unique stylized form of textured color layering using palette knife, brushes, and natural sponges. Inspired by the narrative and figurative style of traditional African art, Edun’s influences include artists of the African modernist genre such as Ben Enwonwu and Yusuf Grillo as well as the works of western expressionists Max Beckmann, Richard Diebenkorn as well as Andrew Wyeth whose combination of traditional and contemporary aesthetics create compelling and emotionally charged works of art.

STATEMENT

I paint people, especially of the African diaspora doing things that people do. Working primarily from photographic references where I may employ several different images for one portrait I create textured and highly nuanced works of art in acrylics using a rather unusual process of painting with natural sea sponges and painting knives. I do not depicting any particular person but seek to capture an emotional essence through gesture, body language and facial expression in my abstract figurative style. I deliberately place figures within ambiguous spaces allowing the viewer to pursue their own narrative contexts and interpretations in relating to the work.