welcomes mosaic artist Ed Chapman and Post Pop Artist Peter Mason to our exhibition space in Regents Park, London. ;
Ed Chapman
Ed Chapman is a contemporary UK artist specialising in ceramic mosaics. In his instantly recognisable style the artist achieves incredibly detailed results, painstakingly creating his subjects using thousands of fragments of ceramic tile. A largely self-taught artist based in the North-West of the UK, Ed began creating mosaic works over a decade ago, fascinated with bringing a contemporary twist to an ancient medium. He became a professional artist in 2001. Originally he worked with paper, creating a series of portrait mosaics, whilst at the same time experimenting with cityscapes. Looking for a new challenge, Ed moved on to glass, metal, and ceramic tile, eventually settling on the latter as his medium of choice. Influenced by artists such as Chuck Close, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jamie Reid, Ed also finds inspiration for his works in the music of bands like the Sex Pistols and The Doors, as well as in everyday articles such as magazines and televised images. Ed strives to create intricate photo-realist portraits set against contrasting bold colour backdrops, forcing the viewer to question if his mosaics are, in fact paintings. Each work comprises thousands of ceramic tile pieces, all cut and fastened by hand, and impeccably finished. Whilst continuing to focus on his core subject matter of portraiture, Ed has recently begun revisiting his torn paper works again, and has produced a series of 3D works, to critical acclaim. The artist is also available to commission and can create personal portraits from life or photography. Ed has exhibited throughout the UK and across Europe and the US with further exhibitions planned for 2008/09 in New York and Hong Kong. His work has a number of high profile collectors including world-renowned musicians, sports stars and television personalities and has received substantial national and international press coverage. Ed’s work has been featured in a number of publications including 'Diana in Art' (Mem Mehmet), Expression Magazine (USA), Art of England Magazine, and The Daily Mail, together with BBC television and radio. You can see all of Ed’s work here.

Pete Mason

“First Class” works which includes iconic images to celebrate the Royal Marriage. Peter R. Mason is the Post Pop Art Man. Trained as a painter and illustrator he has developed his work through Pop Art and Graphics. He creates portraits and images by recycling postage stamps into pixellated images and portraits. Each stamp represents a pixel. Scale is paramount in viewing and understanding the work as the largest images are 365 cm by 213cm (12ft x 7ft), although he does undertake smaller works. By choosing the everyday objects of postage stamps and placing them so that their usual significance becomes obscure enables the audience to see 'Art' with new eyes. In this case he takes ordinary things and combines them in extraordinary ways. Pete was born in the West Midlands and during his formative years studied at the College of Art in Stafford. There in 1962 he was awarded the National Diploma in Design in Painting and Lithography. It was at this time that he was influenced by the resurgent Pop Art movement in painting. He particularly admired the works of Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. He extended his training at The University of Leeds where he was gained his degree and then began his career as a teacher of Art and Design. During his teaching career he was seconded to The University of Birmingham achieving the Diploma in Art Education contributing to his Masters Degree awarded in 1977. During his teaching career he has taught Art and Design in secondary schools to 11 to 18 years old students in Staffordshire, Liverpool and Walsall. In addition he has enjoyed teaching evening classes for adults in drawing and water colours. Now retired from full time teaching he is able to concentrate on his own creative work producing portraits and landscapes as well as images in tribute to some of his favourite great artists of the twentieth century. The works are created from thousands of used postage stamps; the largest pieces typically use as many as 20,000 recycled postage stamps. Using either canvas or huge pieces of paper he draws the image he will produce. He divides the surface on which he is working into stamp sized squares, but often uses more than one stamp per grid section. Stamps are sorted by colour, design and postmark pattern. He then begins the process of finding appropriate stamps before cutting and shaping them and finally gluing them to the paper or canvas surface. Click here to visit Peter’s gallery.