Paul Edmunds is an independent artist and critic based in Cape Town. A contributing editor to www.artthrob.co.za, Edmunds regularly writes for Sculpture
magazine, Flash Art
and the Mail & Guardian
. He has served as a judge in various art competitions, including the regional selection of the ABSA l'Atelier Award. Edmunds has taught at Craft Academy, an NGO based in Mauritius. He has lectured in Sculpture at the University of Stellenbosch, and lectured in Graphic Arts and served as a technician in Industrial Design at the Cape Technikon. He has also run a number of Creative Thinking workshops at Cape Town's Red and Yellow School of Logic and Magic. Born in 1970 in Johannesburg, Edmunds completed his schooling there in 1987.
Edmunds completed a BA(FA) in 1991 and a MA(FA), with distinction, in 1995, both at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg.
2004. 'HIV(E)', project curated by Greg Streak (PULSE) in Durban followed by exhibition at Franchise, Johannesburg, March
2003. 'Cloud', one-person exhibition at João Ferreira Fine Art, Cape Town, November 2; 'Prints and Multiples' Warren Siebrits Modern & Contemporary, Johannesburg, February
2002. Silence/ Violence, project curated by Greg Streak, culminating in simultaneous exhibitions in Durban and Nieubethesda with seven other South African and international artists, July; 'Bodies II: Sublimation', curated by Kathryn Smith, Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees, Oudtshoorn, April
2001. One-person exhibition, 'Houding', at João Ferreira Fine Art, Cape Town, November
2000. 'Cast', exhibition of work in bronze, Bronze Age Foundry, Cape Town, December; 'Images of Self', curated by Clive van den Berg, Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees, Oudtshoorn, March; 'Unplugged V', Market Theatre Gallery, Johannesburg, February
1999: One-person exhibition, 'Scale', The Mark Coetzee Fine Art Cabinet, Cape Town, October
1998. 'Family Ties', exhibition curated by Ricky Burnett and Penny Siopis, Sandton Civic Art Gallery, Johannesburg, December; Exhibition of Cape Town artists, Canberra Institute of Art, Canberra, Australia; One-person exhibition, 'Once, again', The Mark Coetzee Fine Art Cabinet, Cape Town, April
1997. One-person exhibition, 'Water', The Space Below the Lounge, Cape Town, March
1996. 'FNB Vita Art Now', Johannesburg, May; 'Jabulisa: The Art of KwaZulu-Natal', Pietermaritzburg, Durban, Grahamstown and Johannesburg; One-person exhibition, 'Stones, Leaves, Water', Phemba Kahle Centre, Pietermaritzburg, January
1995. Joint exhibition with Justin Anschütz, The Thompson Gallery, Johannesburg, April; 'Objects of Desire', exhibition of 11 KwaZulu-Natal artists, The Thompson Gallery, Johannesburg, March
1994. One-person exhibition, NSA Gallery, Durban, April
1993. Residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, January - December
1992. Winner of 'Volkskas Atelier Award'
In 2003 Edmunds completed a large, outdoor sculpture at the Arabella Sheraton Hotel on Cape Town's foreshore. In 2005, another large work was commissioned by MTN for their new headquarters in Roodepoort, Johannesburg. Edmunds also produced a collaborative work with beadwork initiative Qalo.
As well as in various private collections, Edmunds' work is held in the following public collections: The Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg; The Durban Art Gallery; The Carnegie Art Gallery, Newcastle; The Empangeni Art and Cultural History Museum; The KwaZulu-Natal Museum Services collection, Sasol Art Collection, Gencor Collection, the Dimension Data collectiona, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.