CARDIFF Using old cartographic representations (topography, geographical and astronomical maps) as canvases, the Welsh artist Ed Fairburn (born in ’89 and based in Cardiff) creates, with different techniques, portraits that are perfectly integrated to maps of cities or mountains, roads or rivers, seas or stars. The human figures are formed by the lines already drawn and re-interpreted by the artist. Thus, the canvas and the background don’t exist here: along with the patterns and colours added or the cutouts and so the subtracted fragments, they are the same body of the drawing.
ABOUT Ed Fairburn | Born in 1989 in Southampton, UK. Graduated from CSAD (Cardiff School of Art and Design) in 2012. Shortlisted for the AOI (Association of Illustrators) Awards in 2013. Represented in the US by the Mike Wright Gallery and also exhibiting work in various UK galleries and a selection of international venues. “My work is mostly figurative and exists across a range of surfaces and contexts. It’s sometimes interactive, often playful but serious most of the time.”