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Ed Saye

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Degree: MFA
University: Slade
Graduation Year: 2009

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Ed Saye’s searching images offer a contemplative reflection of atmospheric locations. Saye makes use of found photographs and intuitive editing techniques to lend his painting a familiar yet slightly anomalous feel.  The use of warm hues and fragmented detailing softens the narrative of each piece and leaves an air of enigma. The ambiguous choice of image, leaves an unsettling doubt about the tone of the scene; it may be an image reminiscent of family vacations besides an intentional absence which seemingly haunts the scene. This balance creates a strong sense of uncertainty and recreates the same specious quality as memory.  In turn, the viewer is left to interpret a space made equivocal through compositional tensions and pleasing handlings of light and tone.

Artist Statement

Each painting is a different version of a fading idyll, a lament for the utopian ideals Modernism. The paintings represent shadowy people, places and things as fragments of fictions and memories. These are happy people in happy places – almost. Idyllic scenes are rendered uncanny by unnatural light emanating from layers of under-painting and a colour palette that makes reference to the faded hues of old photographs and postcards. I use painting to challenge the disposability of imagery in the digital age. The paintings are made slowly, built up in layers on a smooth, absorbent, gesso ground. The intense, often warm, colour of the under-painting dictates the mood. Subsequent layers involve transparent glazes and finally thicker applications of impasto painting, which draw attention to the surface of the painting. I allow the image to dissolve into intricate pattern and abstraction; figures become lost in deep shadow; detail is erased – literally sanded out of the paintings. Through this process the relationship of the image to its photographic sources diminishes and the image assumes a new identity as a painting that offers new narratives and multiple interpretations.

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions 
2016, The Foundry Gallery, London 

Group Exhibitions 

2018 The SOLO Award, Chiara Williams, The Cello Factory, London 

2018 Beautiful Monsters, The Portico Library, Manchester 

2018 The Landscape of Time, Contemporary British Painting, London 

2017 Virtuality Mortality, Ugly Duck, London 

2017 The Ruth Borchard Prize, Piano Nobile Gallery, London

2016, Runaway Fingers, Pushkin House, London 

2016 Daylight Saving, Geddes Gallery, London 

2014, KWT Open Studios 

2014,KinsgateWorkshops Trust, London 

2013, Isolation Room, curated by Daniel McGrath, Copenhagen

2013, This Glitch, curated by Lee marshall, Blythe Gallery, London 

2013, Creekside Open selected by Paul Noble, A.P.T. Gallery, London

2012, The Other Art Fair, Ambika P3, London 

2010, Grammar See, Rod Barton Gallery, London 

2009, Lead Slugs and Blank Spaces, Museum 52, London 

2009, Graduate Degree Show, Slade School of Fine Art, London 

2009, Anger Management, Will Alsop Space, Battersea, London 

2008, Interim Show, Slade School of Fine Art, London 

2008, Edge to Edge, Slade Research Centre, Woburn Square, London Residencies 
2008, Poznan Academy of Fine Arts, Skoki, Poland

Original works:

In Search of a Cool Place

By Ed Saye

£1500

Realisation of the Voidness

By Ed Saye

£1500

Everything Was Beautiful and N...

By Ed Saye

£1500

Study for Wasted (Psychedelic ...

By Ed Saye

£1500

Untitled (Cactus Dance)

By Ed Saye

£225

Untitled (Euphoria)

By Ed Saye

£225

Untitled (Prayer)

By Ed Saye

£225

Untitled (Lineup)

By Ed Saye

£225

Untitled (Study for the Revela...

By Ed Saye

£450

Getaway 1

By Ed Saye

£950

Untitled (Mystic Man)

By Ed Saye

£225

Untitled (Hippie Wedding)

By Ed Saye

£225

Untitled (Study for Happy Hipp...

By Ed Saye

£225

Untitled (Study for Bathing Hi...

By Ed Saye

£395

Untitled (Study for Good Inten...

By Ed Saye

£225

Study for Happy Hippie Home

By Ed Saye

£450

Untitled (Psychedelic Forest) ...

By Ed Saye

£225

Untitled (Fashion Couple 1)

By Ed Saye

£225

Bleached

By Ed Saye

£950

No Promised Land

By Ed Saye

£4000

Lobby

By Ed Saye

£195

Modern House

By Ed Saye

£3750

Untitled (Study for Modern Hou...

By Ed Saye

£275

Untitled (Study for Modern Hou...

By Ed Saye

£250

Untitled (Study for Modern Hou...

By Ed Saye

£275

Untitled (Study for Good Inten...

By Ed Saye

£275

Nightlight

By Ed Saye

£295

Untitled (lilos) 2016

By Ed Saye

£175

Mellow Yellow Pile

By Ed Saye

£650

Untitled (Study for Cool Memor...

By Ed Saye

£275

Untitled (Study for Quagga - i...

By Ed Saye

£275

Traveller's Palm

By Ed Saye

£1450

Protest

By Ed Saye

£250

Absence

By Ed Saye

£650

Untitled (Swimming Pool)

By Ed Saye

£175

Untitled (Swimming Pool)

By Ed Saye

£175

Untitled (Swimming Pool)

By Ed Saye

£175

Two Girls

By Ed Saye

£750

Study for Boy with Ball

By Ed Saye

£175

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Upon Mountains

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Matterhorn 1

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Study for Boy with Ball

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1975 (3)

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Well

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Well (Study)

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Study for Two Girls

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Experimental House

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Steps

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Swimming Pool #4

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Houseplant

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Wie Baut Amerika

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Golden Age 2

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Untitled (Study for Hippie Bat...

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Study for Happy Hippie Home

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Untitled (Silhouette)

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Getaway 2

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