Ed Love (1936-1999) was an African American artist who created multi-media metal sculpture, multi-media paintings, and multi-faceted drawings that helped to redefine the struggle of Africans living in America. Many renowned visual and performance artists, past and present, such as Romare Bearden, Charles White, Elizabeth Catlett, and Alexander Calder, just to name a few, inspired his work. Edís love of contemporary and current jazz and blues musicians such as Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Bob Marley, and Miles Davis influenced a number of his sculptures, paintings, and drawings.
Edward Arnold Love was born in Los Angeles, California on September 21, 1936, where he lived until 1954, after which he enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he remained until his was honorable discharge in 1958. In the fall of that same year, Ed began studying drafting at Los Angeles City College, and then transferred to the University of Southern California in the fall of 1960, where he majored in drafting and architectural design until Summer 1961. Upon completion of his sixth semester at the University of Southern California, his counselors persuaded Ed that as an African American in the 1960ís, he would not be able to gain employment after he graduated. Ed then decided that a change in major would be necessary in order to become employed. Therefore, Ed enrolled in the Fine Arts program at California State University at Los Angeles, in the summer of 1965, where he gained his Fine Arts/Design, B.F.A. degree in 1966. Ed continued his studies at Cal. State L.A., by entering the masterís program and completed the Fine Arts/Sculpture, M.F.A., in the summer of 1967. After graduation, Ed enrolled in a Postgraduate fellowship program sponsored by Cal State L.A., at the University of Uppsala, Sweden in the fall of 1967. Upon completion of the fellowship program in the summer of 1968, Love, gained employment at Howard University, in Washington D.C., as an associate professor of Art in the fall of 1968. Upon his death on March 22, 1999, Ed Love had become a tenured Professor of Art at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida; which was his second tenure ship of his 30+ year teaching career.
My name is Scott Love and I am the only son of Ed Love. After a 16-year hiatus, our family is attempting to once again expose the world to the Art of Ed Love. It’s been a long journey since his death in 1999, however we are determined to reintroduce the world to the insightful brilliance of his work. We are also interested in selling some of his arts, to advance the vision and genius of his entire body of work, however our ultimate goal is to exhibit the majority of his work. As per Ed Love’s CV, you can see the number of awards he received and exhibits he shared with the Art World during his lifetime. It is important to our family to bring these important pieces of art back into the conversation about great African American Artist of the 20th century.
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music: John Coltrane, "Dear Lord," Transition (1965)