Urban Landscapes Merge with Intricately Rendered Figures in Ed Fairburn’s Portraits on Vintage Maps — Colossal

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Urban Landscapes Merge with Intricately Rendered Figures in Ed Fairburn’s Portraits on Vintage Maps — Colossal



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#drawing
#Ed Fairburn
#geography
#maps
#portraits

December 7, 2022

Kate Mothes

A cross-hatched portrait drawing on a historical map of Plymouth.

“Plymouth.” All photographs © Ed Fairburn, shared with authorization

Alongside the contours of roads, property boundaries, and shorelines, English artist Ed Fairburn attracts inspiration for his in-depth cross-hatched portraits. As an avid map collector, he is fascinated by the city landscape and cartographic style and design. “The far more maps I gather, the extra I want to produce,” he tells Colossal, sharing that transportation routes like streets and bridges can be likened to the veins or arteries of the body.

Fairburn’s intricate drawings instantly answer to the format of the initial map. “I let the composition of each individual map to inform the composition of each and every portrait,” he describes. An interest in the physique as metaphorical landscape and vice versa also informs how he ways each and every piece. “In a wider feeling, I hope that my work pushes viewers to consider about all those similarities, and perhaps delivers a reminder that we’re formed by the landscape close to us, which we in transform are also shaping.”

You can come across much more of Fairburn’s operate on his web site, and follow updates on Instagram, exactly where he usually shares videos of his method.

 

A cross-hatched portrait drawing on a historical map of the Thames.

“River Thames Staines to Richmond”

A cross-hatched portrait drawing on a historical map of Singapore.

“Singapore”

A cross-hatched portrait drawing on a historical map of Aberdeen Harbor.

“Aberdeen Harbour”

A cross-hatched portrait drawing on a historical map of Paris.

“Paris II”

A cross-hatched portrait drawing on a historical map of Paris.

“Paris”

A detail of a cross-hatched portrait drawing on a historical map.

Detail of “Plymouth”

A detail of a cross-hatched portrait drawing on a historical map.

Detail of “River Thames Staines to Richmond” 

#drawing
#Ed Fairburn
#geography
#maps
#portraits

 

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