Join us at The Contemporary for Mike Edwards first Solo show. We will have a mixture of Originals, unique prints and exclusive limited editions on show.
Mike Edwards is one of the pioneers of contemporary Typographic Art – creating the first ‘readable’ visual images from text back in 2004.
Since then he has gone on to sell thousands of prints and paintings – including to such luminaries and collectors as Felix Dennis, Robert Lyndsay, Roger Taylor, Zoe Ball, and Christian Mathews as well as supplying images to Habitat, Urban Outfitters, Budweiser and Bacardi.
Mike has been seen on the BBC and ITV and in 2011 received press for his Brighton Festival street-portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi.
David Bowie signed a unique version of Mike’s David Bowie artwork which went on to sell for £22,000 at auction at Abbey Road studios for Cancer Research.
In the Word Paintings - or Text Portraits - each single letter is rendered in a separate colour. When viewed from a distance the letters merge to create a unique image with a photographic-like quality. Yet when viewed closely the text is clearly readable.
Mike’s pieces draw inspiration from contemporary media, art history, Pop Art, classical painting and Rock and Roll.
In the same way songs sonically amplify the meaning of words, my work is about creating a visual form that can enhance or change meaning in words by using the text itself to create the visual image. Meaning is changed - or affected - by choice of image, colour, rhythm and texture. When the written word and the visual image collide - the combination has a powerful potential - and it is this new language I am exploring.