Ed Chapman is one of the finest mosaic artists in the UK.
In a style that is instantly recognisable, he achieves incredibly detailed results and manages to capture the likeness of a subject in a variety of media, from ceramic tile fragments to one penny coins, torn pieces of paper and even cubes of sugar.
Chapman began creating mosaic works in the 1990s, fascinated with the ancient medium and determined to bring a modern look to it.
Intent on making mosaics as accurate and interesting as possible, he often selects modern icons as subjects and has produced an eclectic selection of work from the worlds of music, movie, sport and even politics.
Originally he worked with paper, creating a series of mosaics of iconic musicians and experimenting both with cityscapes and astonishingly accurate reproductions of famous van Gogh works, in paper rather than paint.
Looking for a new challenge, he moved on to glass, metal, and ceramic tile, eventually settling on the latter and intent on creating intricate photo-realist portraits, which force the viewer to question on first glance what the medium is.
Influenced by artists such as Chuck Close and Robert Rauschenberg, Chapman’s ceramic mosaics comprise thousands of tile pieces, all cut and fastened by hand and impeccably finished.
In 2009 Chapman was commissioned to create two huge portraits made from more than 10,000 penny coins, the success of which has led to several more portraits in coins and commissions from around the world.
Chapman has exhibited throughout the UK and across Europe and the US with further exhibitions planned for 2010 in London and the US.
His work has a number of high profile collectors including musicians, sports stars and TV personalities and has received substantial national and international press coverage and appeared on BBC, ITV and SKY TV and on BBC radio.