Explosive Paintings Reach Beyond the Traditional Frame
In these artworks by artist Valerie Hegarty, it looks like the walls have exploded with an array of fruits, foliage, and decay. At first glance, one might think they are viewing art that has been destroyed. However, Hegarty is well-known for her explosive work that reaches out, beyond a flat area and into three-dimensional space.
A Unique Amalgamation: Ed Fairburn
Cardiff-based artist Ed Fairburn has a passion for vintage maps. However, he doesn’t simply collect them, but rather he uses them as the canvas on which he creates remarkably intricate portraits. He uses a variety of techniques, some additive and some subtractive, to build up or in turn carve away the features that allow a face to emerge from the chaos of roads, rivers and railways. The detail in his work is astounding; patterns and structures of map and face are merged brilliantly into one symbiotic topography, leaving the viewer unable to see one without the other. “The creative process involves synchronising both subject and surface,” he says. “I search for similarities between the characteristics of the human figure and the topographical features of the map, resulting in a unique amalgamation.”