Edwin Fulwider (1913-2003) was an American Regionalist painter, printmaker and educator from Bloomington, Indiana. The artist mainly focused on the rural American way of life. Many of his prints were of railroads and rivers and their related industries and workers across small towns in the United States. He was inspired by famous American painter, Thomas Hart Benton, working with him on a mural for the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. In Fulwider’s subject matter and approach, you can see Benton’s influence. His subjects are manifestations of the American Dream: strong, stoic citizens who work hard and enjoy the fruits of their labor in a country that was at its peak. His style is recognizably mid-century, with strong outlines and graceful lithographic shading that allows the paper to interact with the imagery, becoming an additional medium that he wielded with a practiced hand. Although Fulwider did create some handsome abstract prints in the 1960s, their balanced compositions exude similar a strength as traditional subject matter. The bold lines and measured engineering of his abstractions seem to exalt industrial pursuits, resembling train systems and commercial architecture. Fulwider’s work embodies the golden dream of the American Way, and his works are celebrated in public and private collections across the country.
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