1959 · United States
June Edmonds was born 1959 in Los Angeles, where she lives and works. Edmonds received her MFA from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, and a bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University. She also attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and is the recipient of the Los Angeles Individual Artist Grant (COLA) and Exhibition at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery; a California Arts Council Individual Artist Grant; Paducah Artist Residency in Kentucky; Helene Wurlitzer Foundation artist residency in Taos, NM; and Dorland Mountain Community artist residency in Temecula, CA. Edmonds has exhibited at the California African American Museum, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Luckman Fine Art Gallery at CalState Los Angeles, Watts Tower Art Center in Los Angeles, CA; Angels Gate Art Center in San Pedro, CA; and the Manhattan Beach Art Center in Manhattan Beach, CA. Edmonds has completed several works of public art with the city of Los Angeles and the Department of Cultural Affairs, including an installation at the MTA Pacific Station in Long Beach, CA. Her paintings are held in collections throughout the United States including the Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, MA; Davis Museum, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA; California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA; David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State University, Muncie, IN; The Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH; as well as Rodney M. Miller Collection, New York, NY; Michael Rubel Collection, Los Angeles, CA: David Rogath Collection, Greenwich, CT; and Kelly Williams Collection, New York, NY, among others.
June Edmonds uses abstract painting to explore how color, repetition, movement, and balance can serve as conduits to spiritual contemplation and interpersonal connection. Of critical importance is her interest in redefining traditional Western color theory. Color associations can be connected to culturally symbolic imagery, trauma, and emotion, and are thus able to communicate about power and systemic disenfranchisement. Exploring the psychological construct of skin color or tone through pattern and abstract painting has proven to be a revealing gesture. These ideas are explored in her new “Flag” series which she began in 2017 and represent the alignment of multiple identities including race, nationality, gender, and/or political leanings. By researching lesser-known Black Americans and incorporating their stories into her work, she has found a way to navigate the complexity of these ideas in painting and create space for these discussions. June Edmonds was awarded the AWARE Prize at The Armory Show 2020 for best booth presentation by a solo female artist. The booth featured her new flag paintings.
Edmonds energy circle paintings (often painted is a higher range of vibrant colors than the flag paintings) draw on various cultural and art historical references to sacred geometries. The vesica piscis is a symbol formed by the intersection of two circles with the same radius and has been associated with creation and the passage from the spiritual world to the physical. Adinkra are symbols originating in West Africa that represent concepts or aphorisms, adorning fabric, pottery, and even architecture. Adinkran concentric circles symbolize the “Greatest Power”. Edmonds uses the circle as a doorway to memory, to identity and to connection to the highest and most mysterious parts of the inner self. Her goal is to infuse each work with a rhythmic energy, which invites the viewer to connect with something higher within. June Edmonds was awarded the AWARE Prize at The Armory Show 2020 for best booth presentation by a solo female artist.
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