Tops Gallery at Madison Avenue Park / 151 Madison Ave. May 28, 2018 - July 15, 2018

Paul Edwards

Tops is excited to exhibit two paintings from Paul Edwards Lion Tamers series at the Madison Avenue Park space.

Paul Lynn Edwards (1948-2014) was raised in Detroit, MI. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. After his service, he moved to Memphis to attend the Memphis Academy of Art where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting in 1981. He then attended Yale University where he earned a Master of Fine Arts in painting in 1986. Paul moved to New York after school where he taught at the School of Visual Arts and regularly showed his work at the Allan Stone Gallery. By the mid 90's Paul had returned to Memphis to focus on his painting. He often lived in makeshift studios that he created in dilapidated buildings and garages and rarely showed his work. Edwards spent his last years in rural Mississippi where he built his home from hand cut timbers and recycled materials and gardened with a passion.

Edward's Lion Tamer paintings are characteristic of his themes depicting lone protagonists struggling against insurmountable odds.

To learn more about Paul Edwards work go to this link at artist Paul Behnke's blog Structure and Imagery: