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

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

Edna Andrade work on paper Locks Gallery

Untitled, 1962

pastel on colored paper

18 1/2 x 24 3/8 inches

Edna Andrade work on paper Locks Gallery

Blue Flight, 1958

watercolor on paper

22 1/2 x 30 3/4 inches

Edna Andrade work on paper Locks Gallery

Garden Blue, 1962

watercolor on paper

23 7/8 x 27 1/4 inches

Edna Andrade work on paper Locks Gallery

Fairmount Park Tree, 1962

watercolor and ink on paper

17 x 11 inches

Edna Andrade work on paper Locks Gallery

Fairmount Park No. 3, 1962

ink on paper

17 x 11 inches

Edna Andrade drawing Locks Gallery

Squares, "Golden" Mean Study, 1993

Prismacolor and graphite on paper

14 x 17 inches

Edna Andrade drawing Locks Gallery

"Golden" Mean Study, Squares, 1993

Prismacolor and graphite on paper

14 x 17 inches

Press Release

Locks Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of works on paper by Edna Andrade. The exhibition will be on view September 4 through October 13, 2012. There will a reception on Friday, September 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

A cohesive relationship exists between Edna Andrade's work as an artist, designer and educator. Like many artists of the postwar generation, she first supported herself in commercial work in graphic and architectural design. Beginning in the late 1950s she would embark on a teaching career that would leave a considerable imprint on the Philadelphia art scene for generations. Her works on view in this exhibit, covering 1959–1962 reveal a formative period: Andrade came of age as Modernism became the dominant and sought after aesthetic. Her titles from this period embody that nexus of the science and technology age: Atom Cloud, Expressway, Phoenix.

This exhibit, the first to look back at this period of Andrade's work reveals a key body of work, heretofore lesser-known for its important perspective on emerging figurative and abstract idioms in postwar America. Viewed in depth, it is a body of work equal to the later series. Many of the works in the exhibit—all drawn from the artist’s estate have not been previously exhibited.

The Locks exhibit coincides with the first comprehensive survey of Andrade’s prints—organized by The Print Center, Philadelphia and on view, September 14 – November 17, 2012.