Artist David Lee Edwards

"In the public arts I never forget that the composition is indeed for the public and that all themes represented must serve well the landscape in which they reside." D. L. Edwards

Edwards graduated from Shady Side Academy and earned a BA from Allegheny College. Edwards is a professional stone sculptor, painter and metalworker with over 20 years of experience in architectural design.

"I have always been influenced by the tradition of the renaissance masters who where sculptors, painters, designers and draftsmen all in one. I use techniques gained from experience in one particular discipline to solve problems and gain insights into another. This approach gives me a flexible and more holistic approach to the challenges of a wide spectrum of new media."

Edwards recently received the Business of Creativity Award at the Pittsburgh Technology Council's 2010 DATA Awards for his series of public artworks that use wind and solar energy generating technologies for the public good. In 2009 Edwards was awarded a Sprout Fund Seed Award for this design series known as Power Flowers.

In 2010 Edwards was awarded a Spark Grant by the Sprout Fund and the Grable Foundation for the creation of a series of workshops that uses innovative sculptural toys and play learning models to demonstrate fundamentals of mechanical motion, recycling and clean energy technologies in a child friendly context.

Edwards's Curious Creatures workshops and Power Flower public artworks have been sponsored by and exhibited at Carnegie Children's Museum, Carnegie Libraries of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Science Center and CitiParks Frick Environmental Center.

With an extremely diverse collection of paintings and sculptures in notable corporate and private collection, Edwards is best known for his public works. These include nationally exhibited life size outdoor chess pieces, public murals and giant kinetic art installations. In 2006 Edwards's three story tall inflatable Elephant "Pittsburgh's Painted Pachyderm" was sponsored by PNC Bank and was subsequently purchased by the Carnegie Institute. In 2007 Edwards was commissioned by the Urban Redevelopment Authority and The Northside Leadership Conference to design and paint a 2,300 sq. ft. mural celebrating the national historic district of Deutschtown on Pittsburgh's Northside. The artist's award winning creations have been exhibited at such notable venues as The Carnegie Museum of Art, The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, PPG Plaza, Point State Park and The Pittsburgh Zoo. His art has been featured on TV and radio and in numerous newspaper, magazine and art publications.

Edwards actively promotes art education participating in various Pennsylvania Art Educators Conferences providing examples of interactive art projects for students and educators. Edwards accepts public and private commissions and teaches painting and sculpture workshops throughout Allegheny County. Contact the artist

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