Painter | United Kingdom

ed burkes

Ed Burkes - Painter
"When I make a painting I want to articulate something that allures to illegibility, but holds its own. honesty and ultimately, stands on its own."

One of the UK’s up-and-coming artists, Ed Burkes has quickly built up an impressive list of prizes since graduating from Falmouth University in 2016. It's easy to understand why once you have witnessed his vibrant compositions, which have the capacity of resonating with almost everyone.

Everyday abstraction

Employing a vivid colour palette, Burkes' paintings can be seen as celebrations of commonplace situations, with people going about their everyday lives. This study of the everyday is yet fractured by his painterly technique which obscures their identity, allowing their particularities to disappear.

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Loss of identity

Burkes enjoys exploring the vacancy in his paintings, and the strange dynamism that occurs through the solid application of colours and the forms they produce. His process is like a journey where his figures are subjected to a loss of identity, shifting its existence out of sync, yet producing a work that resonates a certain honesty, that stands on its own.

Young talent

Since receiving his BA from Falmouth University Art School in 2016, Ed Burkes has already made a buzz on the London art scene. He was shortlisted for by Bloomberg New Contemporaries, was selected as one of Saatchi Art’s 20 Emerging Artists to Buy Now and selected by Beers London for their annual group exhibition Contemporary Visions VII.

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Feeling Just Hasn't | Painting

Feeling Just Hasn't

2017 / Painting / Everyday Life / Figurative / Oil painting
30x28cm / $1,990

When It's Staring You That Close You Forget It's There | Painting

When It's Staring You That Close You Forget It's There

2017 / Painting / Everyday Life / Figurative / Oil painting
140x140cm / $5,950

When I'm Cool Enough To Want You | Painting

When I'm Cool Enough To Want You

2017 / Painting / Everyday Life / Figurative / Oil painting
140x140cm / $5,950

The Pine | Painting

The Pine

2017 / Painting / Everyday Life / Figurative / Oil painting
140x140cm / $5,950

A Paddle To Nowhere | Painting

A Paddle To Nowhere

2017 / Painting / Everyday Life / Figurative / Oil painting
140x140cm / $5,950

It's Okay, I'm In Charge. The Garden's On My Back | Painting

It's Okay, I'm In Charge. The Garden's On My Back

2016 / Painting / Everyday Life / Figurative / Oil painting
127x127cm / $4,500

We See In Spotlights | Painting

We See In Spotlights

2016 / Painting / Everyday Life / Figurative / Oil painting
127x127cm / $4,500

Waited In My Garden | Painting

Waited In My Garden

2016 / Painting / Everyday Life / Figurative / Oil painting
127x127cm / $4,500

Works On Paper

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It's Not Gold, It's Just Yellow | Painting

It's Not Gold, It's Just Yellow

2017 / Painting / Everyday Life / Fine Art / Oil painting
29x21cm / $930

It's Okay | Painting

It's Okay

2017 / Painting / Everyday Life / Fine Art / Oil painting
29x21cm / $930

It Was Real | Painting

It Was Real

2017 / Painting / Everyday Life / Fine Art / Oil painting
29x21cm / $930

You Know She Went Out Last Night? | Painting

You Know She Went Out Last Night?

2017 / Painting / Everyday Life / Fine Art / Mixed technique
30x23cm / $930

Thinking You Away | Painting

Thinking You Away

2017 / Painting / Everyday Life / Fine Art / Oil painting
38x29cm / $930