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Ed Chapman

Ed Chapman is one of the UK's leading mosaic artists. His style is instantly recognisable achieving incredible detail through hours of painstaking effort. The work really needs to be looked at up close to appreciate the quality that has been achieved. His portraits in stone and ceramic tile are constructed often with up to 2,000 fragments, each carefully hand-cut and placed. The edges of each portrait are tiled in the same colour as the background to finish the work.

The subject matter ranges from iconic film and music legends to portraits of anonymous, beautiful women. He has also created unusual mosaic mannequins and other 3D pieces.
Award-winning for his stone and ceramic mosaics, Ed Chapman also creates portraits using torn paper and in vitreous glass.

His portrait of Jimi Hendrix made from more thousands of Fender plectrums sold for £23,000 in  at Abbey Road Studios in 2011.

He says: "The mosaics are very intricate and it can take days to complete even a small area of finer work. I have studied the technique in-depth and attempt to bring the ancient medium of mosaic into the 21st Century with my use of colour and contemporary subjects. I think the medium produces striking results, particularly with portraits, where the effects are dramatic and impressive.

"The fragmented results represent the fragmented nature of our lives and our own unique make-up. The work is never finished until it is finished, right until the last piece is in place. In this respect, there is no room for error."

Ed's work has bought by diverse clientele such as international pop stars, royalty, England footballers and even Lemmy from Motorhead who has a portrait at his Hollywood home.
It is held in collections worldwide as far afield as New York, Hong Kong and Scandinavia.

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