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Ed Nadeau
updated: 03/24/2011
website: ednadeau.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Driftwood Man Gazing at the Sea
Flannery
Bill the Anarchist
Scotty
Walter
Lila
Madge
Pope
Flo
Chuck
Earl
Quasi
Steve
Spud
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  conceptual, figurative, narrative, social criticism, political, consumer culture, portraiture
 
 
Driftwood Man Gazing at the Sea by Ed Nadeau
Driftwood Man Gazing at the Sea
Nero Lead on Stonehenge
2011
50" x  38" 
Flannery by Ed Nadeau
Flannery
Graphite on Bristol Board
2009
5 1/4 " x  4 1/2 " 
Bill the Anarchist by Ed Nadeau
Bill the Anarchist
Graphite on Bristol Board
2008
22" x  19" 
Scotty by Ed Nadeau
Scotty
Graphite on Bristol Board
2007
14" x  11" 
Walter by Ed Nadeau
Walter
Graphite on Bristol Board
2006
14" x  11" 
Lila by Ed Nadeau
Lila
Graphite on Bristol Board
2006
14" x  11" 
Madge by Ed Nadeau
Madge
Graphite on Bristol Board
2006
14" x  11" 
Pope by Ed Nadeau
Pope
Graphite on Bristol Board
2006
14" x  11" 
Flo by Ed Nadeau
Flo
Graphite on Bristol Board
2006
14" x  11" 
Chuck by Ed Nadeau
Chuck
Graphite on Bristol Board
2007
14" x  11" 
Earl by Ed Nadeau
Earl
Graphite on Bristol Board
2006
14" x  11" 
Quasi by Ed Nadeau
Quasi
Graphite on Bristol Board
2007
14" x  11" 
Steve by Ed Nadeau
Steve
Graphite on Bristol Board
2007
14" x  11" 
Spud by Ed Nadeau
Spud
Graphite on Bristol Board
2007
14" x  11" 

Artist Statement

Drawing As Portraiture


The portraits I present herein are representative of an underlying theme in my work that I have been nurturing for the past twenty years. They represent a mature example of my interest in the human condition, which began with my studies at Syracuse University in the late1970’s. At that time I was studying human anatomy with the American Expressionist Jerome Witkin. He underscored the importance of capturing the human subject through anatomical accuracy, strong drawing, knowledge of color, and a heightened use of light. Along with this, he emphasized the importance of the gesture and materiality in painting, which he adopted directly from the Action Painters of the 1940’s. His positive influence as a mentor changed my work immensely, becoming evident with the large narrative paintings I would create during the 1980’s.

With the advent and proliferation of American Big Box stores throughout the world during the past decade, my interest in the human figure has taken a new direction, now manifesting as portraits of the mundane. 


Artist Bio / CV

Artist Ed Nadeau is a native of Maine whose paintings depict the land and people of his home state in various incarnations. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1980, receiving his BFA in painting and attended graduate school at the Maryland Institute College of Art, receiving his MFA in painting in 1986. Assistant Professor Nadeau teaches painting and drawing at the University of Maine in Orono.

His paintings have been exhibited widely, including the Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland Art Place, School 33 Art Center, The Park School, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport, the University of Maine in Orono, and in 2006 at Whitney Art Works in Portland, Maine.

His paintings are represented by Courthouse Gallery Fine Art, Ellsworth, Maine and are held in collections both nationally and internationally.