Ed Baynard
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Artist who celebrated beauty in the ephemeral, died November 8 at the age of 76. Expressing reverence for the natural world, Ed's paintings, ode-like, are measured and lyrical. Before discovering his inner calling, which he spoke of as his "unexpected life" in painting, he experienced an interesting assortment of creative jobs. Raised in Washington, D.C. and newly graduated from high school, he flew to Europe living off and on in Paris and London. During this time, he designed costumes for Jimi Hendrix, worked for the Beatles as well as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Returning to New York, he dedicated his life to art after a surprise success with his first show in 1971 at the Willard Gallery in NYC. Ed's images are Zen-like in their simplicity and grace. His watercolors are luminous, like the rest of his representations regardless of the medium. The Japanese inspired ukiyo-e style woodblock prints he created at Tyler Graphics in 1980 contain a 20th century "floating world" sensibility. Ed's wish was to bring harmony, color, and a meditative stillness to this chaotic planet. He did so in a gentle and powerful way, always as an expression of his deep gratitude for the love and beauty, friendship, and concerns he held dearest.
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Published in New York Times from Nov. 22 to Nov. 23, 2016.
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November 16, 2020
As a child growing up a block away from each other, our parents were friends and so were we. We were six months apart in age. I think our parents always choose we’d “get” together. Even as kids, we knew that wasn’t possible. I loved Ed’s art and although we lost touch in the later years, I tried to connect several times. We chatted by phone and I talked of NYC visits. May his kind soul always “Rest In Peace” amongst his beautiful blooms.
Arlene Polangin
October 10, 2018
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October 6, 2018
These moments from Ed's past keep appearing. I especially love seeing Ed with so many brushes in his hand while working...
Marabeth Tyler
October 5, 2018
Not sure why i thought of him today, maybe it was because i haven't seen his adorable face in a while. See, i used be his optician, i made eyeglasses for him for many years. We became very close and would talk about our families and his sister and ill mom. He was so youthful, sweet,charming. I loved listening to his stories of Judaism, art and his family. I realized i missed his adorable smile and decided to google him.
Very sad to hear of his passing. He would always give me ideas on how to decorate my store window. He'll always have a place in my heart . RIP Ed
marina kleyman
July 21, 2018
Ed and I were partners for several years, sharing his apartment on 14th St. and sharing a house in Chatham, NY for a summer. Sometimes I would sit for hours watching him create another one of his delicate and bold paintings. We had a beautiful garden in Chatham, which was an inspiration for his work. Although we parted after a few years we always remained in touch until his passing. He was both confident and unsure, happy and troubled, extroverted and shy...much like most of us. The time spent with him was exciting, satisfying, soothing and he taught me much. His work still blesses my home in NC and I shall never forget him, his many talents and his loving heart.
Steve Rose
February 4, 2018
GoodBye Ed.,
Just saw the Gordon Matta-Clark show at the Bronx Museum and remember meeting you for the first time at "Day's End" , our trip to Sam Green's place on Point o' Woods, walking on the beach in the snow and our going to the Angels of Light performance together.You will always be with me. Enjoy heaven and make some beautiful flowers.
Ronald Sosinski, New York City
November 23, 2017
So sad to hear of Ed's death. I shared a lot of Chinese dinners, laughter and art with him and still have some of his wonderful watercolours.
Karen Wright
June 12, 2017
I was saddened to hear this news. Ed and I grew up together in Washington, DC. Our parents were close friends, going out often in evenings together. As children we played together and kept in touch for many years after he moved to NYC from Europe, even getting together when I visited NY. I would love to know when the celebration of his life occurs so that I may attend.
Arlene Polangin
June 11, 2017
I knew Ed via photographer Lilo Raymond, who also lived above the Jefferson Theater on 14th St. in the mid 70s; I saw many of his works there in-progress. We 3 went to see Kubrick's "Barry Lyndon" & it was quite an education hearing their thoughts on photography & art AND running into Marisa Berenson later. Ed was the epitome of hip & humble.
James Andrea
April 3, 2017
I remain so sad to have lost Ed. I am happy I own some of his works. RIP dear Ed. Ally
Alex Anderson
February 6, 2017
So shocking to just hear of this sad, sad news. Will always remember our croquet tournaments at your Stanford White house overlooking the reservoir, or the walks along the Provincetown beaches. Take care dear one and fly among the stars now.
Mark Baker
February 5, 2017
I'll never forget your "AIDS Elegy" held in my gallery in Soho. It was different from all your
other work but very profound and eloquently
Marcuse Pfeifer
Marcuse Pfeifer
December 13, 2016
My Dear Ed,
A short time ago, back in August, I was fortune enough to acquire one of your most beautiful early ( 1978 ) water color paintings entitled Orchid no. 6. Since this time, Ed, I wanted you to know like so many others, I love, admire and have such appreciation for your wonderful art work. My Orchid painting shall bring me much joy and pleasure for many years to come. Thank-you Ed! xxx


Thomas Carpenter Keiper
Thomas Carpenter Keiper
December 3, 2016
Chinese dinners with Ed
Dearest Ed, I find myself missing you every day. You were my touchstone and a constant source of what is possible. Miss your wisdom, your voice, your humor, your daily clothesline photos and most of all your face. I still go to call you. xxx
Jackie Rudin
November 27, 2016
Ed's beautiful floral color woodcuts and water colors graced my home for 35 years. The world is a better place for the beauty of Ed's work. He had become a cherished friend of the past few years. I will forever miss his contagious smile and joy. Rest in peace my friend
Paul Kanev
November 27, 2016
Sherry & Charlotte, Your description of Ed's love of the farmer's markets reminds me that of all the artists who worked and lived in the Tyler Graphics artist's apartment (during a printmaking project), he was the only one who shopped for food and invited us to dinner there in the workshop, after cooking and presenting delicious food...and of course, setting the table and having a flower arrangement at the center. Quintessential, one-of-a-kind, generous and personal Ed...
Marabeth C-T
November 27, 2016
in the TGL pressroom, 1980
All the Tyler Graphics family sends condolences. We have so many rich memories, Ed!!! The flowers you made will always be in bloom. With LOVE
Marabeth Tyler
November 26, 2016
You will always be remembered.
Maxine Freedman
November 26, 2016
Will miss your presence very much.
November 22, 2016
RIP Ed. I'll miss you and be grateful that I knew you and still have your work to remind me of you and the pleasure you gave us all.
Steve Turtell
November 22, 2016
I am so sorry for your great loss. May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted" and "comforts all who mourn" sustain your family during this challenging time. (Isaiah 61:1,2) With heartfelt sympathy.
November 21, 2016
My deepest and sincere condolences to the family. He is going to be missed dearly by everyone who knew him. God keep those who pass on in his memory because they are precious to him. Psalms 116:15.
Annie C
November 21, 2016
Sunflowers and the boys
We love you and miss you. We still have a shelf full of chocolates waiting for you.
Sam, Coby and Sherry
sherry sontag
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