Ed Burkes, a fine art graduate winning prize after prize

Date
8 November 2016

Since graduating from Falmouth’s fine art course earlier this year the paintings of Ed Burkes have won prize after prize. With his autumnal tones of rich textures and altered subject matter, we can see exactly why.

Exhibiting at The Other Fair as part of the Saatchi gallery’s Invest in Art programme, Ed’s work was chosen by chief curator Rebecca Wilson as one of 20 emerging artists to buy now. With backing from one of the most prestigious art galleries in the world, Ed has since been shortlisted as part of Bloomberg New Contemporaries, the Falmouth School of Art Purchase Prize and Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Travel to Italy award.

Ed’s paintings are fine art that elevate the everyday, with work inspired by the spark “from a commonplace drawing or situation: A friend drinking coffee, a buddy pulling up his socks, a pretty girl in the fruit and veg section of Tesco Express".

“Through the process of painting these,” Ed says, "preliminary considerations begin to wobble out of a sync to a point where their distinctiveness as a primary source slips away.”

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Ed Burkes: It’s okay I’m in charge

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Ed Burkes: In their own special colours

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Ed Burkes: It looks so good

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Ed Burkes: Waited in my Garden

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Ed Burkes: Dancing standing still

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Ed Burkes: Dancing standing still

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Ed Burkes: A headlight looks into the dark, but shimmers and tells You its cool

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Lucy Bourton

Lucy joined It’s Nice That as an editorial assistant in July 2016 after graduating from Chelsea College of Art. In October 2016 she became a staff writer on the editorial team and in January 2019 was made It’s Nice That’s deputy editor. Feel free to get in contact with Lucy about new and upcoming creative projects or editorial ideas for the site.

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