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New Portraits Drawn on Maps and Star Charts by Ed Fairburn

November 6, 2015

Christopher Jobson

English artist Ed Fairburn (previously) uses vintage road maps and star charts as canvases for drawn portraits. Cross-hatched patterns and shaded regions inside roads, borders, and rivers assimilate into the contours of faces, as if the images had always been secretly hidden in the map’s topography. “In his hands, both built infrastructure and natural phenomena echo the organic human form,” shares Mike Wright Gallery. “National highway systems b…

 

 



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Elaborate New Portraits Drawn on Vintage Maps by Ed Fairburn

January 7, 2014

Christopher Jobson

…lroad blueprints, star charts, geological and street maps, Welsh artist Ed Fairburn (previously here and here) uses additive and subtractive techniques to create portraits that seem pefectly integrated with the topography of streets, mountains and rivers. It’s been almost a year since we last checked in with Fairburn whose process and approach to creating these stunning portraits continues to evolve. One of his most striking methods is to carefull…

 

 



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New Map and Celestial Star Chart Portraits by Ed Fairburn

January 30, 2013

Christopher Jobson

…New work today from Ed Fairburn (previously) who draws ink and graphite portraits on vintage maps and now celestial star charts. A few of his works are now available as fine art prints over at Not on the High Street….

 

 



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Portraits Drawn on Maps by Ed Fairburn

November 25, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Ink on a 1973 road map of Germany Artist Ed Fairburn utilizes the chaotic patchwork of roads, trains, and rivers printed on maps as the framework for his large-scale portraits. Almost like a sculptor carving a subject from a block of stone, or a constellation highlighted in a clump of stars, Fairburn uses meticulous ink or pencil cross hatching to create portraits hidden amongst the topographical features. You can see much more of his work over o…

 

 

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