Ed Baynard

Since the 1970s Ed Baynard created his signature watercolor floral still lives. Inspired in part by Japanese woodblock prints, the works exhibit a uniform flatness, further accentuated by their white or beige background, which engenders a sense of resonant serenity and stillness. The artist’s use of line both adds texture and variation to the color-block aspects of his pieces – as in the occasional use of etched crosshatchings in his prints, or the boldly golden outlined shapes in a series of paintings from 2009 – as well as distinct manifestations of human emotion. The stems of supple pink poppies fancifully twist and bend as if seductively performing for the viewer; in another work, a deep purple pod of lilies hunches over towards an empty green bowl, as if pleading with or bowing down to some wiser universal force.