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Edna Andrade Locks Gallery

Garden, 1954

oil on linen

22 1/8 x 25 1/8 inches

Edna Andrade Locks Gallery

Flight of Gulls, 1958

oil on canvas

52 x 32 inches

Edna Andrade work on paper Locks Gallery

Atom Cloud, 1961
watercolor on paper
20 x 28 1/8 inches

Edna Andrade work on paper Locks Gallery

Tower, 1959

watercolor on paper

31 7/8 x 19 inches

Edna Andrade work on paper Locks Gallery

Parade, 1959

watercolor on paper

31 7/8 x 19 inches

Artist Bio

Edna Wright Andrade (1917-2008) lived and worked in Philadelphia for the majority of her career after first moving to the city to attend the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Renowned for her challenging optical and hard-edged abstract paintings, the artist had a significant influence on the Philadelphia art scene for over forty years. At PAFA Andrade was awarded two Cresson Traveling Scholarships that allowed her to visit Europe, exposing her to Bauhaus ideologies and post-war artists that indelibly influenced her approaches to color, abstraction, and teaching. During World War II, she worked under architect Eeron Saarinen for the Office of Strategic Services designing charts, maps, and graphs. Andrade went on to be a celebrated educator at the Philadelphia College of Art and in 1996 was awarded the College Art Association Award for Distinguished Teaching.

In her career-spanning investigations into the nature of perception, she balanced her interests in fine arts, hand made crafts, and public projects. This would lead her to experiment with artist editions throughout her career and complete commissions for the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Salvation Army. Additionally, she was influenced by many realms outside of fine arts including architecture, philosophy, mathematics, psychology, and design. Her later works are delicate and masterful graphite drawings of the rocky coast of Maine, returning to her formal PAFA training and the representational subjects of her early landscape paintings.

Andrade was the focus of two major retrospectives during her lifetime: in 1993, at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and in 2003, at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania. She was included in the Op Art publication by Joe Houston, Optic Nerve: Perceptual Art of the 1960s, in 2007. The artist’s work is in numerous museums throughout the U.S. including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Dallas Museum of Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Baltimore Art Museum.

Works on Paper
Exhibition
Works on Paper
Robert Motherwell, Alice Neel, Edna Andrade, Richard Diebenkorn, Joanna Pousette-Dart, Philip Guston, and more November 1 – December 14, 2019
Optical // Obstacle
First Floor Gallery
Optical // Obstacle
Anni Albers, Edna Andrade, Dadamaino October 5 – November 10, 2018
Edna Andrade: Prints
3rd Floor Gallery
Edna Andrade: Prints
February 3 – March 18, 2017
Edna Andrade: Symmetries
Second Floor Gallery
Edna Andrade: Symmetries
February 3 – March 18, 2017
Edna Andrade
Third Floor Gallery
Edna Andrade
Paintings and Works on Paper June 17 – July 27, 2016
Edna Andrade
First Floor Gallery
Edna Andrade
Astrologer's Garden May 13 – June 27, 2015
Edna Andrade
Exhibition
Edna Andrade
Works on Paper: 1959–1962 September 4 – October 13, 2012
Edna Andrade
First Floor Gallery
Edna Andrade
Drawings 1958-1993 September 1 – October 9, 2010
1968
First Floor Gallery
1968
May 7 – June 11, 2010
Edna Andrade
First Floor Gallery
Edna Andrade
Toward Infinity April 29 – June 13, 2009
Edna Andrade
First Floor Gallery
Edna Andrade
Optical Paintings January 19 – February 24, 2007
Fête
Exhibition
Fête
Edna Andrade, Donald Baechler, Stuart Netsky, Walter Martin & Paloma Muniz, Virgil Marti, Jane Irish, Richard Artschwager, Frank West, Jill Bonovitz November 17 – December 16, 2006
Edna Andrade
First Floor Gallery
Edna Andrade
Geometry's Garden April 21 – May 26, 2006
Edna Andrade
Exhibition
Edna Andrade
Paintings and Drawings from the 1970s January 16 – February 28, 2004
Edna Andrade
Exhibition
Edna Andrade
Rocks and Cliffs December 6, 2002 – January 25, 2003
Edna Andrade: Works on Paper
First Floor Gallery
Edna Andrade: Works on Paper
November 19 – December 31, 1993
Exhibition
Looking Back: The Seventies at Marian Locks, Edna Andrade, Thomas Chimes, James Havard, Elizabeth Osborne, and Warren Rohrer
December 12, 1989 – January 30, 1990