Approved: 10.06.2015

Ed Saye

Artist, Teacher

Approved: 10.06.2015

Each painting is a different version of a fading idyll, a lament for the utopian ideals of some other age.  The paintings represent shadowy people, places and things as fragments of fictions and memories.  Idyllic scenes are rendered uncanny by unnatural light emanating from layers of under-painting and a colour palette that makes reference to the faded hues of old photographs.

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    Artist Statement

    Each painting is a different version of a fading idyll, a lament for the utopian ideals of some other age.  The paintings represent shadowy people, places and things as fragments of fictions and memories.  Idyllic scenes are rendered uncanny by unnatural light emanating from layers of under-painting and a colour palette that makes reference to the faded hues of old photographs.

    The intense, often warm, colour of the under-painting dictates the mood.  Subsequent layers involve transparent glazes and finally thicker applications of impasto painting that draw attention to the surface of the painting.  In places the image dissolves into intricate pattern and abstraction; figures become lost in deep shadow; detail is erased – literally sanded out of the paintings. Through this process the relationship of the painting to its photographic sources diminishes and the image assumes a new identity as a painting that offers new narratives and multiple interpretations.

    CV & Education

    Lives and works in London

     

    2007-2009            Slade School of Fine Art, London, MFA Painting

    2005-2007            Central Saint Martins, London, Foundation Diploma

    1996-2000            Durham University, BA Hons Modern Languages

     

    Exhibitions

    2018        The SOLO Award, Chiara Williams Contemporary Art, The Cello Factory, London

    2018        Beautiful Monsters, The Portico Library, Manchester

    2018        Reconstructing Reality, 20:20 Iconic Art Vision at D10 Art Space, Geneva

    2018        The Landscape of Time, Contemporary British Painting, St Marylebone Crypt, London

    2017        Virtuality Mortality, XAP at Ugly Duck, London

    2017        The Ruth Borchard Portrait Prize, Piano Nobile Gallery, London

    2016        No Promised Land, The Foundry Gallery, London

    2016        The Runaway Fingers, Pushkin House, London

    2016        Daylight Saving, Geddes Gallery, London

    2013        Isolation Room, curated by Daniel McGrath, Copenhagen

    2013        This Glitch, curated by Lee marshall, Blythe Gallery, London

    2013        Creekside Open selected by Paul Noble, A.P.T. Gallery, London

    2013        The Big Egg Hunt for Action for Children, London and UK touring

    2012        The Other Art Fair, Ambika P3, London

    2010        Grammar See, Rod Barton Gallery, London

    2009        Lead Slugs and Blank Spaces, Museum 52, London

                    Graduate Degree Show, Slade School of Fine Art, London

                    Anger Management, Will Alsop Space, Battersea, London

    2008        Interim Show, Slade School of Fine Art, London

                    Edge to Edge, Slade Research Centre, Woburn Square, London

     

    Residencies

     

    2008                      Poznan Academy of Fine Arts, Skoki, Poland

     

    Publications

     

    2011                      Studio Paintings, 2011, Self-published, UK

    2010                      Furniture Drawings, 2010, Self-published, UK

    2009                      Sheraton Sofa, 2009, Self-published, UK

                                  Slade Painting 2008, Slade Publication, UK

    2008                      Look Book, 2008, Self-published, UK

                                  Edge to Edge, 2008, Slade Publication, UK

                                  Rhubarb, 2008, Slade Publication, UK

                                  Paint to Print, 2008, Slade Publication, UK

    2007                      20 Hoxton Square Newspaper, 2007, UK