(Born 1941) in Joliet, Illinois, Stanley Dean Edwards moved to Chicago early in life. His mother was a Chicago public school teacher and his father was a Methodist minister. He studied painting and design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, receiving a BFA in 1967. While at SAIC, Edwards was influenced by Vera Berdich’s print making classes and Daniel Massen’s design classes.
After a brief stay in New York (1967-1970), Edwards returned to Chicago and later set up a studio in the Pilsen neighborhood on the near southwest side. Stan Edwards lives and works in Chicago.
His earliest paintings were large-scale and surreal, and often incorporating dogs, babies and other animal imagery. He later experimented with creating paintings based on the linear forms of Chicago's buildings (which were based on photographs). His paintings have won awards from the Art Institute of Chicago and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and his work is in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago and the Asheville Art Museum among others. Museum of Contemporary Art catalog, Art in Chicago-1945-1995
The Arts Club of Chicago, The Oliva Gallery Chicago, Corporate Art Source, Chicago