Ed Baynard Biography

Ed Baynard




Painter, printmaker, graphic artist, and fashion designer Ed Baynard was born in Washington, D.C. in 1940. He showed an interest in fine art from an early age, learning to draw and paint as a child, but did not pursue a formal education in any one medium until later in life. His interest in visual art as a career began after he graduated high school and moved to Europe in the mid 1960s, dividing his time between Paris and London. His clothing design caught the eye of musicans and actors such as Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles and Elizabeth Taylor, and Baynard soon established himself as a fashion and graphic artist in Europe. In 1971 he decided to focus on fine art, and he returned to the US, settling in New York where he held his first solo show at the Willard Gallery that same year.

In the late 1970s he bagn to work in printmaking, working in lithography and oversized woodcuts with the Kenneth Tyler Graphics Workshops, beginning in 1979. He became known for his flat-plane still lifes in both woodcut and watercolor, especially of flowers in vases with simplified backgrounds that borrowed from the ukiyo-e printmaking style. He continued to work and exhibit, with hundreds of group and solo shows in the US and beyond, until his death in New York on November 8, 2016. His work is currently represented by the James Fuentes Gallery.

Selected Collections:
Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Tate, London; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Center for Contemporary Graphic Art, Sukagawa City, Fukushima, Japan; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California; Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; the High Museum, Georgia; Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillip Academy, MA; the Norton Museum, Palm Beach, FL; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; and more.

Selected Exhibitions:

2023: Ed Baynard: In a Yellow Room, James Fuentes Gallery at Independent 20th Century, New York (posthumous)
2019: Retrospective, White Columns, New York (posthumous)
1997: American Still Life, 1915 - 1995, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
1990: New Watercolors, Associated American Artists, NY (solo)
1989: Ed Baynard: Painted Constructions, Meyerovich Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1984: The Garden, Baltimore Art Museum, Baltimore, MD
1983: American Still Life, 1945-1983, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, TX
1980: John Berggruen Gallery, New York (solo); Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York (with Nancy Grossman)
1978: Seven Contemporary Artists, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH; For Collectors, Worcester Museum of Art, Worcester, MA
1977: Marian Goodman Gallery, New York (solo); Willard Gallery, New York (solo)
1973: American Drawing, 1936 - 1973, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Betty Parsons Gallery, New York (solo)
1972: Landscape, Museum of Modern Art, New York
1971: Willard Gallery, New York (solo)