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Working mostly in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pencil and pastel, Edie Wells Bristol was an accomplished painter. Her works fall into step with the early twentieth century style called Fauvism, exhibiting a wide array of colors to create an image. Using brush and palette knife, Bristol created vibrant still-lifes and semi-abstract paintings of flowers and objects. Bristol avoided pure representational styles, and her work commonly includes distorted figures, allowing for more freedom of form. Bristol studied art at the Barnes Foundation in Merion before she began painting, at age fifty, in 1980.
Bristol exhibited in the Bucks County area, where she lived and painted, and throughout the Delaware Valley. She has won awards at the annual art exhibitions at Phillips' Mill and is represented by the Bianco Gallery in Buckingham. She traveled extensively, taking her painting to Sienna, Italy, and Cornwall, England. Edie and her husband lived in Carversville, where she found inspiration for her paintings in the beauty of Bucks County and the surrounding landscape.
Education and Training
Shipley School, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, 1948
B.A., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1953
Barnes Foundation, Merion, Pennsylvania, 1978-1980
Teachers and Influences
Maxine Krinsky Manges, teacher
Influenced by George Braque, Henri Matisse, Arthur B. Carles, and Wassily Kandinsky
Connection to Bucks County
Edie Bristol and her husband, Michael, have a home in Carversville, Bucks County, where she lives and paints.
Colleagues and Affiliations
Frank Arcuri, Christopher McCall, Bill Sloan, Katharine Steele Renninger, Robert Ritchie
Bristol is active with the Phillips' Mill Community Association.
Major Group Exhibitions
Bianco Gallery, Buckingham, Pennsylvania, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995
Madeline Island Art Center, Wisconsin, 1991
Coryell Gallery, Lambertville, New Jersey, 1991, 1993, 1994
Phillips' Mill Annual Art Exhibition, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997
Axis Gallery, Wilmington, Delaware, 1992
Madeline Island Art Guild, Wisconsin, 1993
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1993
David Ice Gallery, Wayzata, Minnesota, 1994
Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1995
Bianco Gallery, Buckingham, Pennsylvania, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995
Stoner Family Award, Phillips' Mill Annual Art Exhibition, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1997
Affiliations and Memberships
Member, Phillips' Mill Community Association