As an adult I grew to love art: looking at it, learning about it and then becoming consumed by it, so much so that I learned how to draw and paint so that I could make figurative paintings. In my work I think about humanity, emotion and depth in human experience. What is it about that person or about myself that I want to bring into the painting? What story do I want to tell?
I need to create images of females who are strong, in situations that show them grappling with events and issues critical to their lives. Of course women live their lives with men and I see many ways to express those relationships. I cannot think like a man--only as a woman in relationships with men.
I use bold color as an expressive approach to increase the power of the piece and to represent a spiritual dimension. Seeing, interpreting and pushing color, I use multiple light sources to enhance the emotional impact.
I demand an element of mystery in my paintings. I want the viewer to look at the painting and bring their interpretation, feelings, and experiences to the work. It is not enough to show what moves me, but to bring interpretations from viewers to the experience. A painting can have many meanings.
Born in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England, Eddi Fleming now lives and works in Croton on Hudson, New York.
Private study with Steven Assael, 2008-present
Studio Assistant for Steven Assael, 2010-present
Janus Collaborative 2008-2009
Grand Central Academy 2006-2008 part time
New York Academy of Figurative Art 2006-2008 part time
Art Students League 2006-2008 part time
Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts 2004-2006
Metro Montage XVII, A Juried Exhibition, Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, Georgia, July 8 - September 10, 2017
The Annual Midyear Juried Show, The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio, July 9 - Aug 20, 2017
Expressive Women of NAWA, (juried group exhibition), Ridgefield Public Library, Ridgefield, Connecticut, March 2 - 30, 2017
Women Artists Coast to Coast-West 2016 Exhibition, (juried group exhibition), Washington State Exhibition Center, Seattle, Washington, October 13, 2016 - January 11, 2017
The American Artists Professional League 88th Grand National Exhibition, (juried group exhibition), Salmagundi Club, New York City, November 6 - 18, 2016
Rise Up!, (juried group exhibition), The Mansion at Strathmore, North Bethesda, Maryland, Sept 10 - Nov 6, 2016
127th Annual Members’ Exhibition, NAWA, Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Art Gallery, New York City, (Audrey Hope Shirk Memorial Award for Figurative Painting) Aug 30 - Sept 22, 2016
Metro Montage XVI, Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, (juried group exhibition), Marietta, Georgia, July 9 - Sept 4, 2016
Arnot Art Museum's 75th Regional Exhibition, (juried group exhibition), Elmira, New York, April 15 - Aug 13, 2016
119th Annual Open Exhibition, Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Club, (juried group exhibition), National Arts Club, New York City, Dec 1-18, 2015
EV(e)OLUTION V, (juried group exhibition), New York Public Library, Sept 1-30, 2015
126th Annual Members’ Exhibition, NAWA, Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Art Gallery, New York City, (N.A.W.A. Merit Award) August 28 - September 24, 2015
SCNY Summer Exhibition 2015, Salmagundi Club, New York City, Aug 10 - 28, 2015
Portraits: Interior and Exterior, (juried group exhibition), Arts Club of Washington D.C., April 3 - 25, 2015
118th Annual Open Exhibition, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, (juried group exhibition), National Arts Club, New York City, (Jack Richeson Award winner) Dec 2 - 19, 2014
The She ...Series Meyerovich Gallery, San Francisco Feb 2014.
Six Summit Gallery, Ivoryton, Connecticut, Reality and Metaphor Group Show, August 2013.
Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, Group Show, August 2013.
Local Color Group Show, September 2013.
Katonah Museum of Art, Eye to Eye…3000 years of portraits, Group Show, Oct 2013 to Feb 2014.
Commissioned Portrait, Dean's Gallery, McGill University, Canada
Meyerovich Gallery, San Francisco, Private Collection
Private Collection, Montreal, Canada
Private Collection, Dallas, Texas
Signature: signed by the artist