Ed (B.1994) is a Painter currently based in Plymouth U.K.
My intent as an image maker is to paint through words. I am fascinated by the notion that narrative, truth and fiction can lend themselves to one another in a way that can offer up genuine questions. Words can in fact lie but feeling is universal in its potency."
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Inspired by the belief that music, language and art all have a mutual effect on one another, multi-award-winning painter Ed Burkes aims to find the peculiar pockets of the everyday. Filled with relatable nuances that reference his surroundings both currently and historically, Ed takes cues from the natural world, as well as lyrics and hooks from popular music and historical culture.
A fascination with language is expressed through chopped and sampled phrases or statements that question contexts, hint narratives and invite speculation. The text being as important a feature in his work as the imagery itself.
His intuitive style of painting has seen him exhibited at Beers London and Arusha Gallery. Ed's first solo show, Dandelion, was the result of a nine month studio residency in Derby with a prolific body of works exhibited at Derby Museum and Art Gallery before moving to Mall Galleries in London in 2021.
“The tactility of the hook of a pop song or the ribbon of a throwaway phrase tows a line parallel with my intentions as a painter. My engagement is anchored around an honest attempt to articulate nuanced feeling”