Ed Burkes

Wondering People_Ed Burkes

Ed Burkes (b. 1994, Worcester, England) is currently based in Plymouth.
Ed 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.’
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. 
(Excerpt from writing by Anna Bromwich titled ‘Slowing Down’)

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Abel BurgerAbhishek KhedekarAlexandra DuprezAlyssa GoodmanAnna KoraAnyaa DevAsafo FlagsBarney CurranBobbye FermieCarolina AguirreCaspar BaileyCole Flynn QuirkeDea DomusEd BurkesEdwina LongeEleanor BradeFlora WallaceGeorge MorganGeorgia GrinterGiulio GhirardiGreg BeckerHannah AckroydHannah LiHolly MillsIsabelle CarrIsabelle OfferJack SamelsJessica TremaineJoe Fenwick-WilsonJoe GambleJorge Suárez-KilziJoseph DupréKate BerryKate CorneliusKirico UedaLavinia GallieLottie HampsonLucy PageLuna MaraLéa FerlingMaddalena ZadraMark ManziMax FreundMikael SiiriläMilo KesterMiro Lovejoy TeplitzkyNevena LukicOliver CookOliver OffordOrfeo TagiuriOriele SteinerOtis BleaseOwen DaviesRachel StanleyRory KingRose ShuckburghSophie BirchSophie MerrellSophie PolyviouTheo BardsleyTheo ZealTim SalisburyTor HarrisonVicky PyloridesVictor MarquéWilliam PapworthYrhesZach Zono