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In Edwin Aitken's recent paintings and drawings, a number of recognisable images based upon anatomy and the natural world are generated as a part of a more outwardly expressive and intuitive approach to drawing and painting. Plant and animal motifs coalesce and combine in works that explore tensions between seemingly opposite impulses, ideas and working practices. Often made on location in Epping Forest, the paintings are a non-literal representation of a number of visual and emotional experiences of the landscape.
Born in Manchester, Edwin Aitken studied Fine Art at Loughborough College of Art and Design BA (Hons) and Painting at the Royal College of Art MA (RCA).
In 2018 he was elected to the fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). He currently lives and works in East London.
Recent exhibitions include Prosaic Mosaic, at Bloc Projects, Sheffield UK (2019), Archipelago, at Walthamstow Wetlands, London UK (2019), Flat + Earth at Sidney + Matilda, Sheffield UK (2019), WAC Awards, Wells UK (2018), Silent Green at King's College Cambridge UK (2017), Shadowburb at The View, London UK (2016), Tracer in the Writing Desk and Unfolding the Archive Revisited, at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield and Painted Surface - Contemporary Painting, Surface Gallery, Nottingham UK (2015). His work is held in private collections in England and the USA. Previously, he was shortlisted for the Beep Painting Prize and upon his graduation from the Royal College of Art he was awarded the Susan Summers Studio Fellowship (USA).
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