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Ed Hadfield, poet and conceptual word artist based in London, explores character styles from literature; as well as the feeling of experience. He currently uses framing devices to reinforce the meaning of words, and is mainly interested in vernacular forms of communication.

His poetry practice builds on an array of influences, from the verbo-visual poetry of Marinetti & Apollinaire to the modernist poetry of Pound’s Imagism and Reznikoff’s Objectivism. While his conceptual word art practice is informed by  the Art & Language group, with contemporary influences from Christopher Wool’s portraits, Barbara Kruger’s emotional aesthetics and the site specific nature of Lawrence Weiner’s work.

Philosophically he works with a positive & constructive mindset and is interested in knowledge gained from experience represented through the North American pragmatist philosophies of John Dewey’s “Art As Experience,” Richard Shusterman’s somaesthetics, and Sheri Irvin and Yuriko Saito on everyday aesthetics. He is also interested in understanding complex personality types through appropriation from literature, mainly from the modernist era including people such as Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, Thomas Mann & Oscar Wilde.

Public Art

2019

Installation at Lewisham Market, London

2018

Installation at Peckham Railway Station, London

2016

Installation at Peckham Square, London

2015

Installations in Edinburgh

2015

Installations in Camberwell & Peckham, London

Exhibitions

2021

Biofictional Portraits, MOCA, Peckham, Queer Art Boot Fair

2021

Biofictional Portraits, Viewing Gallery, Thames Side Studios

2020

Poetry Wall Murals, Cable Depot, London

2020

Character Styles, Solo Show, Cable Depot, London

2019

Retour, Hortensia Gallery, London

2018

Inside-Job, Tate Modern, London

2016

Exterior Wall Art Installation, Lubomirov / Angus-Hughes Gallery, London

2016

Converge, Visual Arts Scotland, Scottish National Gallery Academy Building

2015

Bonfire of the Vanities, Display Gallery, London

2015

1st Thursdays, Creative Debuts, Black & White Building, Rivington Street, London

2015

3rd Annual Show, Black Cube Collective, Gayfield Square, Edinburgh

2015

Summer Salon, Angus-Hughes Gallery, London

2015

31st London Annual Open, Cafe Gallery, London

2015

Camberwell College of Arts, BA Painting, Degree Show

Commissions

2016

Interior Wall Art Installation, 10-12 Eastcheap, London, EC3M 1AJ (Winner UAL Graduate Sponsored Project)

Collections

2020

Poetry Wall Mural, Cable Depot

2013

Getting Into The Rhythm In My Stride, Tate Library’s Artists’ Book Collection

2013

Getting Into The Rhythm in My Stride, Artist’s Book, UAL Special Collection

Education

2015

Camberwell College of Arts, BA Hons Painting, 1st Class

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