The tactility of the hook of a pop song or the ribbon of an idiomatic phrase tows a line parallel with my intentions as a painter. My engagement is anchored around an honest attempt to articulate nuanced feeling.

Born in 1994 (Worcester U.K) Ed is currently based in Plymouth (UK).


'Ed Burkes wants to slow things down. He puts into practice various pictorial and textual devices to slowdown the comprehension of the work, holding you there in mental gymnastics while your eyes scan the painting past the three second average that museum professionals call grazing. With a nod to George Baselitz’s upside-down paintings, and emboldened by artists Rose Wylie and Mary T. Smith before him, he flips text emblazoned across his paintings on its head, then around corners, along arms and legs, squashes it into corners, makes and corrects spelling mistakes, breaks up words and forces you to put them back together...A flaneur of sorts, Ed’s texts are absorbed from his experiences...He puts his money where his mouth is, practising his own slowing down, looking at the details... Phrases borrowed from shop window fronts on the walk to the studio, plucked from full sentences distilled to their essence. Short active words that punch...Now the eyes wander across the canvas, where clashing patterns, friezes and decorative elements fight for attention. Stop and take it in.’ 


(Excerpt from writing by Anna Bromwich titled ‘Slowing Down’)



PUBLICATIONS  (please click hyperlinks for more information)          

2020                                                                     DANDELION Catalogue: featuring 'Slowing Down' by Anna Bromwich 

                                                                              PODCAST with Derby Museums 'In Focus: Ed Burkes talks to Janine Derbyshire'         




2019                                                                      Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award interview with Mall Galleries


2016                                                                     Saatchi Invest In Art: Edition X: UK Artists

                                                                              It's Nice That



2021 (UPCOMING)                                              The Mall Galleries, London (January)


                                                                            DANDELION, Derby museum & Art Gallery, Derby 

                                                                            London Art Fair, VioletsAreBlue Gallery, London 

2019                                                                     London Art Fair, Arusha Gallery, London

2018                                                                     Kris Day Presents: Paper Cuts, Saatchi Gallery, London

                                                                             Veil, Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh

                                                                             L.A. Summer , Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh 

                                                                             London Art Fair, Arusha Gallery, London                                                                       

2017                                                                      Manchester Art Fair, Arusha Gallery

                                                                              Contemporary Visions VII, BEERS London, London

                                                                              FBA Futures 2017, Mall Galleries, London

2016                                                                       Saatchi Invest in Art - The Other Art Fair, London

                                                                               Falmouth Showcase - Underdog Gallery, London

                                                                               Fine Art Degree Show, Falmouth university


2019                                                                      Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award

2016                                                                      Wilhemina Barns-Graham Travel to Italy Award

                                                                              Falmouth School of Art Purchase Prize

                                                                              Bloomberg New Contemporaries shortlisted Artist




2016                                                                      BA Fine art (First Class Hons) - Falmouth University