Lot 388 - Ben Edge - Mên-an-Tol
Oil on Canvas Paper
A6 (10X15CM) ORIGINAL ARTWORK
SIGNED ON VERSO
Ben Edge is a visual artist and songwriter who lives and works in North London. He grew up in Southborough, Kent, spending weekends visiting his Dad in Shoreditch, London, where he developed a passion for local history, storytelling, and folklore. Ben studied fine art at London Metropolitan University and since graduating in 2008, has exhibited in numerous group shows, including: BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery and National Gallery of Scotland, where his portrait of his grandfather, ’The Animal Handler’ was shortlisted for the prize.
Since his debut solo show at Hix Gallery in 2017, Ben has embarked on the ‘Frontline Folklore’ project, exploring the folk customs, traditions and ritual practices of the British Isles, and producing a series of twenty paintings and a full-length documentary film in response to his research, that will be going display in collaboration with the Museum of British Folklore throughout June 2021 at the Crypt Gallery, St Pancras New Church, London.
Ben has also created artwork and art-directed music videos for the Fat White Family and Raf Rundell, and released his own debut solo album on Glass Modern Records, New Tradition, written simultaneously with his ‘Frontline Folklore’ series.
London Metropolitan University, (2005 – 2008), BA Fine Art
West Kent College, (2002 – 2005), ND fine art - Foundation in Fine ArtSelected Exhibitions:
UPCOMING! June 4th - July 4th 2021. ‘Ritual Britain’, Ben Edge and the Museum of British Folklore, Curated by Simon Costin, The Crypt Gallery, St Pancras New Church, London.
2021: Group Show, ‘Queer as Folklore’, Curated by Duo-Vision Arts, Gallery 46, London
2020: Group Show, ‘Silent Slips’, James Freeman Gallery, London
2019 - 2020: Group Show, ‘A Horse’s Head in the Frost’, Chepstow Museum, Chepstow, Wales
2019: Art On A Postcard (Curated by Dougie Wallace & Ben Eine) Old Spitalfields market, London
2019: Solo Show + Artists talk, (Curated by David Harrison) Cubitt Studios, London
2018: Group Show, ‘Lore of the land’ (Curated by David Harrison) Churchgate Gallery, Somerset
2017: Group Show, Mayfair Art Weekend, Browns Hotel, London
2017: Solo Show, 'Folk Renaissance', HIX ART (Formerly CNB Gallery) London
2015: The Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize, Piano Nobile, Kings place, London
2015: Two man show (with Ben Westley Clarke), ‘Contemporary folklore’, Leyden Gallery, London
2014: Group show, ‘Nuance outcasts’, Angus Hughes Gallery, London
2012: Group Show, ‘Black Xmas’, Signal Gallery, London
2011: Group show, ‘Punk and Beyond’, Signal Gallery, London
2010: BP Portrait award, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
2009: BP Portrait award, Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton
2009: BP Portrait award, National Portrait Gallery, London
About the Postcards
In these works I have painted three Neolithic monuments, Avebury, Silbury hill and Men-an-Tol, all of which I have visited in person. The theme is continuation of my ongoing interest with British Folklore.