Edd Enders has concluded the most comprehensive retrospective exhibition of his paintings, which took place in Livingston June 18-19, 2021. The exhibit featured 80+ canvases from 1989 to present and include early work, large scale paintings, self-portraits, urban and rural scenes, and recent surreal work. Many of the paintings were never before exhibited. Edd gave a talk about his art process and arc on July 18 to a packed house. View the talk here.
Appointments can be made to visit Edd’s studio and view buyable art in your desired subject and size. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 406.222.4848. Art can be also purchased at Two Rivers Gallery at 224 McLeod Street in Big Timber, MT and seen at Glenn’s Food & Spirits, 122 N Main Street in Livingston, MT.
Livingston native Enders studied art at Montana State University and has been a prolific full-time painter for over three decades. Widely admired, Enders has collectors ranging from New York to Key West to Chicago to Shanghai and has shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Enders is deeply connected to, and inspired by, the Western environments where he grew up, worked and lives. As a contemporary artist, he is dedicated to not depicting the West as it’s commonly idealized with pristine landscapes and romanticized wildlife, cowboys and Indians. “I want to portray human’s inevitable activity and impact on this region,” Enders says, “In the bigger picture, I hope that in 100 years people will look at my paintings and learn something about this place and time, as I see it.”
Enders sees the world through a compositional lens; perceiving scenes as shapes and colors that fit together in abstract patterns. He works in oil and builds, stretches, and sizes his own linen canvases by hand using rabbit skin glue. These age-old materials and techniques bring a luminosity and durability to Enders’ paintings which will retain their vibrancy for a century to come.
The retrospective features early paintings, a series of self-portraits which showcase his changing techniques and self-reflection, gritty urban scenes, still life studies, surreal symbolism, and transcendent landscapes. Enders’ use of iconic imagery like roads, crows, fences, and road signs span the breadth of his work. As guests view the art, they’ll be able to identify the arc from Enders’ early phase of looser paint strokes and dark palate, through decades exploring diverse subjects and styles, to his contemporary command of vibrant colors and well-defined subjects.