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'Untitled [Startled Artist #17]
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'Untitled [Startled Artist #17] Painting

Mike Edwards

United Kingdom


Size: 31.5 W x 31.5 H x 1.6 D in

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A hand-painted tribalesque double neon skull with airbrushed shadows, created to look as if it's protruding through the canvas. The motif sits within an expanse of flat complex colour with a blue horizon, evoking space or the beginning or end of nightime. "The planet Earth is blue and there's nothing I can do..." The 'Startled Artist' is an evolving Pop emblem developed as a pictorial device to capture observations and reflections on the current state of both personal and world events. It continues a lineage of motifs from recent art history beginning with Harvey Ball's Smiley Face - created during the optimism of the 60's, Keith Haring's Radiant Baby in the 80's - to Kaws X-eyed Mickey developed in the blissed-out late nineties/early noughties.. The 'Startled Artist' skull motif is the consistent and recognisable form that is positioned over any painting, photograph or video enabling a broad body of works surveying or commenting on a multitude of subjects. It represents the mind - floating through the world while the world floats through the mind.. A universal motif - the skull is seen in art across all human cultures throughout history - and as such acknowledges our shared experience and commonality. To reflect this historical context, the 'Startled Artist' skull has a tribal feel - and the motif has been reduced down to its most simplistic representation - being composed of just four lines. At the same time, in order to assert that these artworks are created in the present - the skull is rendered as neon. This not only makes the tribal motif contemporary, but also the fact that neon gives off light - symbolises how science, knowledge and art illuminate our lives. Titled and signed on reverse.

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Painting:Airbrush on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:31.5 W x 31.5 H x 1.6 D in

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Mike Edwards is an established artist based in Brighton UK. He is well known for his portraits made of text - such as the commissioned typographic portrait of Lord Attenborough, now on permanent public display at the Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts in Brighton - or the portrait of Nadya from Pussy Riot created from the text of a William Wordsworth poem. The New Neons and Black Fireworks bodies of work is a break out from Edwards recognised style and signals new directions towards a more sophisticated approach to painting. Mike has exhibited extensively and his work is in collections all over the world - including those of Imelda May, Roger Taylor, Sir Bradley Wiggins and the late publisher Felix Dennis. David Bowie signed Mike’s unique typographic portrait of Aladdin Sane - which went on to raise phenomenal funds for charity at auction. An exceptional painter - Mike started out as a professional artisan artist before developing his own body of work. Amongst many other things, he’s created a stage set for rock band Blur and produced commissioned artworks for Bacardi, Budweiser and Urban Outfitters. Mike continues to push boundaries in new paintings currently in progress in his studio in central Brighton.

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