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Blue Velvet

Mike Edwards' Blue Velvet features a stylised skull composed of just four lines. The piece draws on a number of references from recent art history: Harvey Ball's Smiley Face, Keith Haring's Radiant Baby, Kaws’ X-eyed Mickey and Edward Munch’s Scream.

The skull is a universal motif used to acknowledge our shared experience. Startled Artist’s tribal depiction combines neon to lend the piece a contemporary edge. Edwards explains:

"I wanted the skull motif to be a symbol of a thoughtful and illuminated mind. That’s why it’s lit up. An illuminated mind is an open mind and if more of us floated through the world with that, we would all be more progressive”.

This hand-finished original piece on canvas is created with acrylic paint, fluorescent pigments and UV varnish. It comes signed by the artist. 

Size (cm): 40 x 40


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    Signed: Yes
    Hand Finished: Yes
    Medium: Acrylic, Fluorescent Pigments, UV Varnish on Canvas
    Edition Type: Original
    Edition Size: 1
    Size (cm): 40 x 40
    SKU: EG17293

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    About the artist
    Mike Edwards is an established artist well known for his portraits made of text. New bodies of work show Edwards evolving from his recognised style, developing an increasingly sophisticated approach to painting. Some works retain a typographic aesthetic, whilst others incorporate painted neon, abstract expressionism and traditional landscape painting to produce a complex and energetic dialogue between the old and the new.Edwards has exhibited extensively, including three solo shows, and his work is in collections around the world, including those of Sir Bradley Wiggins, Imelda May, and the late publisher Felix Dennis. David Bowie signed Edwards’ unique typographic portrait of Aladdin Sane - which went on to raise phenomenal funds for charity at auction. His portrait of Lord Attenborough is on permanent display at The Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts, University of Sussex. Edwards' work was also included in Gilles Peterson's book 'Broadcasting in a Pandemic', a cultural documentation of a year in lockdown.An exceptional painter, Edwards started out as a professional artisan artist before developing his own body of work. Projects have included a stage set for rock band Blur and producing commissioned artworks for Bacardi, Budweiser and Urban Outfitters.Edwards continues to push boundaries in new paintings currently in progress in his studio in central Brighton.