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Edward Faiers

 (1908 - 1985)
Edward Spencer Faiers was active/lived in Tennessee, New York.  Edward Faiers is known for dance figurative, graphics, sculptor.

Edward Faiers

Biography from the Archives of askART

Edward Faiers was a painter in oil and tempera of cheerful subject matter such as garden scenes and dance figures in vividly colored abstract style.

Born in Newquay, England and raised in Canada, Faiers was loosely associated with a group of Canadian painters called the Indian Space.  He studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts at the University of Alberta, and later with Will Barnet at the Art Students League of New York.  In 1952, Faiers settled in Memphis, Tennessee to teach as Professor of Painting and Printmaking at what is now the Memphis College of Art. From 1952 he was Chairman of the Department.

After an initially rocky transition to the South, Faiers became a popular instructor and was eventually so accepted into the community, although he was a total outsider, he received a commission to paint a 51-panel mural depicting the history of Tennessee.

In the 1960s, Faiers began focusing on figural subject matter, and later in his career on paintings in oil in three dimensions.  After he died in 1985, Faiers was given a retrospective exhibition which traveled to three Tennessee museums, validating his
reputation as an important regional painter.

Richard York Gallery, New York City
Who's Who in American Art 1976

Biography from David Lusk Gallery
Born in 1908 in Newquay, Cornwall, England, died in 1985 in Memphis.

1952-53 Art Students League, New York, NY
1941-46 Department of Extension, University of Alberta, Canada
1942 Banff School of Fine Arts, Banff, Alberta, Canada
1928-32 Department of Education Technical Training Program, Manitoba, Canada

The Memphis Academy of Arts, (now Memphis College Of Art), Memphis, TN. Taught drawing, painting and printmaking.  Retired as chairman of the painting department.  Upon retirement named Professor Emeritus. 
1973 Conducted printmaking workshop at Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
1968 Artist in Residence, Department of Art, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS 1966 Produced graphic work and taught at Pratt Graphic Center, New York, NY 1952-1956 Instructor at Allison's Wells Art Workshop, Way MS
1951 Studied at Art Students League, New York, NY
1949-1950 Appointed member of the Cultural Activities Board of the Government of the Province of Alberta
1947-1948 Part time instructor, University of Alberta, Department of Extension art classes
1941-1946 Studied drawing and painting, Department of Extension, University of Alberta
1946 Elected to membership in the Alberta Society of Artists 1942 Received Scholarship to Banff School of Fine Arts.

2006 Pattern Recognition, The Powerhouse, Memphis Pattern Recognition, Ted Faiers woodcuts from the 1950-1980s, Memphis College of Art, Memphis
2005 Group Show, Pelter Gallery, Greenville, SC
2004 Art Students League Work, David Lusk Gallery, Memphis The Art of Performance, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis
2003 Richard York Gallery, New York Art of Tennessee, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Sept. 13 January 18,
2004 San Francisco International Art Exposition, San Francisco She, David Lusk Gallery, Memphis
2002 David Lusk Gallery, Memphis Art of the 20th Century, New York The Symbolic Heart/Garden of Eden Suite, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, A Century of Progress: Twentieth Century Painting in Tennessee, Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville exhibitions continued
1994 Memphis College of Art, Memphis Lisa Kurts Gallery, Memphis Memphis Jewish Community Center, Memphis
1989 Alice Bingham Gallery, Memphis
1988 Carolina Union Gallery at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
1987 Schmidt Bingham Gallery, New York Alice Bingham Gallery, Memphis
1985 Tennessee State Museum, Nashville Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis Memphis College of Art, Memphis
1982 Paintings, First Tennessee Bank, Memphis
1981 Prints and Paintings, First Tennessee Bank, Memphis
1980 The Hearts of Edward Faiers, Alice Bingham Gallery, Memphis

2003 Art of Tennessee, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Catalog, p.290 Ted Faiers, Maine Antique Digest, Exhibitions, August, 2003, p. 12-D
Ken Johnson, Ted Faiers: Paintings From The 1950's, Art in Review, The New York, Times, August 8, 2003, p. E31
Ted Faiers: (1908-1985) Paintings of the 1950's , Antiques And the Arts Weekly, July 25, 2003,
Ted Faiers, Solo Galleries, Art, The Week, New York Magazine, July 21, 2003
Ed Hicks, The Art of She; Faiers, Burdette share a theme, City Life, The Memphis Business Journal, Jan. 3 2002
Peggy Burch, Memphis Palette, The Commercial Appeal, June 21
David Hall, Oh Oh Mama, Ted Faiers exhibit chronicles early transition, The Memphis Flyer, June 13-19
Ed Hicks, Deconstruction Works of Abstract Artist Ted Faiers Return to Memphis Roots, City Life, The Memphis Business Journal, June 7-13
This Week, The Memphis Flyer, May 30-June 5, p 25
Fanfare, The Commercial Appeal, June 2, section E 1994
Edward Faiers Retrospective, Catalog Memphis College of Art, Memphis 1989
First Tennessee Heritage Collection, Catalog, First Tennesse Bank, Memphis 1987 Michael Lollar, Art of the State, Mid South Magazine, The Commercial Appeal, Sept 13, 1986
Edward Faiers, A Retrospective Exhibition, Catalog, Tennessee State Museum, Nashville bibliography continued 1985
Donald LaBadie, Ted Faiers.a rediscovery. Fanfare, The Commercial Appeal, November 17, Daniel Grant, Faiers Unfinished Legacy Leaves a Puzzle, The Commercial Appeal, January 27, 1985
Edwin Howard, Faiers Retrospective Puts Genius into Perspective, Life at the Top, The Memphis Business Journal, July 1-5, 1985
1983-4 Featured in "A Long and Winding Journey", a slide presentation produced by Baldridge Studios for First Tennessee Bank depicting the story of the making of the First Tennessee Heritage Mural
1982 Jennifer W. Graham, Investing in the Arts, USArts Strategies for the 80's, Horizon, May/June,
Laura Derrington, Business and the Arts: Memphis Artist shapes Tennessee History, Tennessee Business, vol 1, number 3 (December 1982), pp 41-42
US Arts: Strategies for the 80's, Horizon, (May-June 1982), volume 25, number 4, pp 25-26
1981 Donald LaBadie, 32 Paintings by Faiers are Exhibited at Bank, The Commercial Appeal, January 21,
Donald LaBadie, Bank Planning Mural on State's Heritage, The Commercial Appeal, January 25, 1981 1980 Donald LaBadie, Artist Puts "Heart" into Exhibit, The Commercial Appeal, February 1, 1980
1979 Norman Nadel, Two From Memphis' Opens in New York, Memphis Press Scimitar, May 11, 1979
Donald LaBadie, Faiers' prints more than "nice", The Commercial Appeal, June 24 Donald LaBadie, They're the Laurel and Hardy of the art circle, The Commercial Appeal, April, 1 1977
Guy Northrup, Faiers on Death, Jays and Good Ole Boys, The Commercial Appeal, November 13, 1975
Guy Northrup, Faiers Prints Put It Together in Multiples, The Commercial Appeal, September 14, 1973
Guy Northrup, New Insights into Man in Faiers Show, The Commercial Appeal, August 12, 1973
1972 edward faiers, two for twenty, Introduction to catalog, Memphis College of Art and Clough-Hanson Gallery, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN
Guy Northrup, The Cosmos of Ted Faiers in Two Shows, The Commercial Appeal, November 5, 1971
Burton Callicott, "On Faiers," Untitled a Mid South Review of the Visual Arts, volume II, number 3, December 1, 1971, pp. 3-4 (catalog entry numbers 30 and 31 with photograph. Flight One won first place Memphis, TN 1971
Guy Northrup, Faiers Spoofs Present, The Commercial Appeal, October 10, 1970
Six Americans, Arkansas Arts Centers, Little Rock, AR (catalog) 1969
Edward Faiers New Projection 1969, (catalog), Brooks Memorial Art Gallery, Memphis, TN
The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN, December 7, 1969
bibliography continued 1962
Guy Northrup, Ted Faiers Returns to the Figure for Show at Memphis Art Academy, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN April 15, 1962
1961 Guy Northrup, Faiers Drawings at 2-3 Gallery: Sorel Paintings are Stimulating, The Commercial Appeal, May 7, 1961
Work of Memphis Teacher on Display at Arts Center, Arkansas Gazette, June 4, 1960 Tennessee Artists Now, Tennessee Arts Center, (catalog), Cheekwood, Nashville 1959 Fourth Annual Mid-South Exhibition of Paintings, (catalog), Brooks Memorial Art Gallery, (catalog entry numbers 30 and 31 with photograph. Flight One won first place Memphis, TN Eldon Roak, Strolling, Memphis Press Scimitar, Memphis, TN, March 5, 1959
1956 The First Mid-South Exhibition of Paintings, (catalog), Brooks Memorial Art Gallery, (Only has catalog entry for numbers 41 and 42 with photograph), Memphis, TN 1952 Carolyn Willett, Local Artist Wins Recognition, The Lethbridge Herald, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, July 1951
Faiers, E.S., An Approach to Sketching in Oils, Alberta Cultural Activities Branch, Department of Economic Affairs, An Arts and Crafts Series Booklet.

Alberta Art Foundation, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock AT&T Collection, Chicago C & I Bank, Memphis First Tennessee Bank, Memphis Glenbow Alberta Institute, Calgary Alberta, Canada Malone & Hyde, (now AutoZone), Memphis Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis Methodist Hospital, Memphis National Bank of Commerce, Memphis National Canadian Railroad Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada Tennessee State Museum, Nashville commissions 1979 Commissioned by First Tennessee Bank, Memphis, TN to produce a 16,000 square foot, fifty one panel mural depicting Tennessee history 1980 Memphis in May Festival poster honoring Venezuela.

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About  Edward Faiers

Born:  1908 - Newquay, England
Died:   1985 - Memphis, Tennessee
Known for:  dance figurative, graphics, sculptor