We start our new weekly series of featured artist posts with the joyful paintings of David Edmond whose recent work offers us a good dose of escapism as our movement is restricted over the next few months.
The subjects of David Edmond’s, figurative paintings are varied and generally developed from the artist’s own photographs. While in each series the subjects and landscapes change, what unites each of David’s paintings is that all the subjects are captured in moments of quiet contemplation.
This series of Beach paintings stem from the artist’s visits to the Kent coast last summer. Parasols offer the viewer punches of colour that punctuate the horizon and the overall scene of people relaxing and enjoying the hot sun generates a real sense of yearning for the long sunny days of summers past. The scenes depict the kind of calm, contemplative drama that is akin to the paintings of Edward Hopper.
What’s particularly interesting is the landscapes David paints are quite layered and abstract yet the figures are very detailed. This juxtaposition is interesting and draws your eye. David is not afraid to leave large areas unpopulated and creates a sense of space that appears almost to expand beyond the canvas, like a snapshot of a bigger world.
David’s pathway to painting has been rich and varied. He originally studied a Furniture Design BA at Leicester Polytechnic followed by a Printed Textile Design MPhil at the Royal College of Art London. He began painting in 2009 and from 2014-16 attended the Turps Banana Painting Programme in South London.
As well as being represented by Cavaliero Finn, David’s work has been included in a number of other notable exhibitions including:
- The Summer RA show in 2019
- Creekside Open in 2019
- The Columbia Threadneedle Prize in 2018
- The Lynn Painter Stainer Prize in 2017
- Discerning Eye in 2016
- Arcade Fine Arts in 2016
- Turps – Art Bermondsey Project Space in 2016
- Clifford Chance Annual Pride Art Exhibition in 2015