George Edgell makes acrylic paintings on canvas and board that explore modern interactions with images and being a spectator in the post-digital generation. Acknowledging how today's visual encounters of the real world are delivered to us more often than not via technology’s mediation in pixels and rectangular windows; Edgell is interested in synthesising a crossover between old and new, analogue and digital modes of displaying a picture through painting’s mimicking and materialisation of the virtual space.
Inspiration is drawn from a playful, personal reference in football iconography; repurposing the game’s classic visual signifiers - such as the geometries of touchline markings and stadium structure - for their formal licences as abstract devices in a painting. Edgell also considers the convenient connection the football environment brings to themes of rule-making and spectatorship, teasing the possibilities football might inform or make crossovers with the conditions of painting and the digital. These references are intended to act as visual vehicles for the artist, a ‘way in’ for deeper explorations into space, perspective and surveillance to unfold.
b. 2/8/1998, Brighton.
Lives and works in London.
(2017 - 2020) BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting
Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London.
(First Class Honours)
(2016 - 2017) Foundation Diploma in Art & Design
Brighton Metropolitan College.
Selected Group Exhibitions
Aug 2020 - 'London's New Contemporaries'. Hari Hotel, London, England.
Feb 2020 ‘Class of:’. Copeland Gallery, London, England.
Nov 2019 ‘New Camberwell Art #3’. Camberwell Student Gallery, London, England.
May 2019 ‘That’s Good Enough, Let’s Do It’. Safehouse 2, London, England.
Feb 2019 ‘Lazy Susan’s Sizzling Prism’. Safehouse 1, London, England.
Jan 2019 ‘Merge’. Cafe Gallery Projects, London, England.
Jan 2019 ‘New Camberwell Art #2’. Camberwell Student Gallery, London, England.
May 2018 ‘First Year End of Year Show’. Camberwell College of Arts, London, England.
April 2018 ‘New Camberwell Art’. Camberwell Student Led Gallery, London, England.
Jan 2020 ‘Story Behind The Artwork - George Edgell: Evening Kick Off’. Interview with Art Verge.