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“In my artwork I like to draw on stuff that I was interested in at different points in my past, going all the way back to my early childhood in the beginning of the 1960s. I use these images because they give me sort of a root or anchor, particularly since they helped me get through some difficult times. A lot of these are personal but I hope other people can appreciate them. “

Larry Edmiston was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1958. He currently resides in Lynn, Massachusetts. Edmiston says that he likes art because it is about personal expression as opposed to repression. He has particular aversion to repression because of the behavior modification schooling of his youth and his experiences with a fundamentalist religious group during high school. Edmiston attempts to transform bad memories of those experiences through his artwork, hence his interest in the use and misuse of various types of authority. Edmiston has a strong fascination with certain girls from his first grade class which he draws as he imagines them to be today. They are often placed in fantastic and symbolic settings. Their poses reference, among other things, pin-up models and record covers. Edmiston also has a significant interest in the late actress Natalie Wood, who often populates his work in the form of a spirit roaming places which hold a certain biographical importance for the artist.

Edmiston’s work has been exhibited in the Gateway Gallery in Brookline, Massachusetts, and was represented by the Margaret Bodell Gallery at the Outsider Art Fair in New York City. He has also shown at the Berenberg Gallery in Boston, MA.

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