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Ed Chapman

Ed Chapman is one of the world's leading artists working in mosaic.

He has undertaken commissions for Fender Music, the Sony Corporation, Hard Rock Cafe, Starbucks, The Gordon Ramsey Foundation, Manchester City FC, Cadbury’s, Cancer Research, UK Revolution Bars and more.

His Richard Burton mosaic, commissioned by Sally Burton, created using 500 million-year-old Welsh slate is on permanent display at Swansea University.

In March 2016 his coins portrait David Beckham, co-signed by the ex-England captain sold for more than £8,000 at auction in Mayfair, bought by one of Beckham's former international team mates.

In May 2016 a David Bowie mosaic in vinyl records sold for £40,000 at auction in London with a Bowie signed album and a vinyl portrait of HM The Queen Rock & Rule sold for £26,000 in September 2016. In 2011 Ed’s unique Fender plectrums portrait of Jimi Hendrix sold for £23,000 in London. A vinyl mosaic interpretation of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon sold for £21,000 in November 2015.

Ed's portrait of Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry created for his 85th birthday and made from 9890 bullet cases including 5 or 6 Magnum cases (one can be removed and replaced) sold for £10,000 after gaining worldwide publicity.

He was the only contemporary artist to have work at Cancer Research’s Abbey Road auction in 2009 with a mosaic of John Lennon. His coin portrait of Mrs Thatcher sold for £13,000 in 2015.

Two of his large coin portraits Mandela and Obama are on an educational tour of the US and Canada until 2018.

His mosaics have a number of high-profile collectors including foreign royalty and members of The Times' 'Rich List', musicians such as Annie Lennox, TV stars, England footballers, an Asian President's family - even the late, great Lemmy from Motorhead commissioned a portrait, as seen in the film Lemmy.

In addition to selling mosaics worldwide, Ed has exhibited several times in London as well as in the USA and Europe.

Ed is fascinated with bringing a contemporary look to an ancient medium and reproduces iconic imagery in highly detailed hand-cut ceramic or stone.

Influenced by artists such as Chuck Close, Robert Rauschenberg and a fan of Vik Muniz and David Mach, 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.

He is also available to commission and can create personal portraits from life or photography.

Exhibitions

2016 May
Banus Gallery, Puerto Banus, Marbella

2012
May-June
Playboy Club, Mayfair, London

2010
December
Cuadros Art Gallery, Nottingham

2009
Abbey Road Studios, London
Villa del Arte, Barcelona

2008
Artzu Gallery, Manchester
Artifex Gallery, Birmingham
The Green Gallery, Dublin
The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong
Tea and Sympathy, New York, USA
Cheryl Hazan Gallery, New York, USA 2007
Artzu Gallery, Manchester
Artifex Gallery, Birmingham
April: “People are People” Christie Hospital, Manchester (solo exhibition)
January: Liverpool Academy of Art

2006
September - October: "Parental Guidance" Artzu Gallery, Manchester
July: "Off the Wall" Cetra Gallery, Wirral
April - May: "Heroes & Villains" Artzu Gallery, Manchester (solo exhibition)

2005
November: "BIG Shots" Artzu Gallery, Manchester
July: Liverpool Academy of Art (solo exhibition)
March: Affordable Art Fair, London

2004
August: Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, California, USA (solo exhibition)
March: View Gallery, Liverpool

2003
October: Earth Gallery, Garberville, California, USA (solo exhibition)
July-August: Liverpool Academy of Art
June: Loughborough Town Hall, Loughborough, Leicestershire (solo exhibition)
May-July: Grosvenor Museum, Chester

2002
August: Liverpool Academy of Art
March: Mathew Street Gallery, Liverpool

2001
November: Four Counties Exhibition, Stoke-on-Trent
July-August Liverpool Academy of Art

2000
July-August Liverpool Academy of Art, Liverpool