Brighton, UK. b. 1967
About the Artist
Mike Edwards is a Brighton, UK-based artist born in 1967 and noted as one of the pioneers of contemporary Typographic Art. His images are inspired mostly by Pop Art, rock-and-roll culture, art history and contemporary media. Educated at BAFA Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, he began as a stage designer and professional artisan for clients including the rock band Blur, Bacardi, Budweiser, and Urban Outfitters before developing his own body of work.
Edwards has exhibited extensively and his work is in private collections all over the world, including those of Imelda May, Roger Taylor, cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins and the late publisher Felix Dennis. David Bowie signed his unique typographic portrait of Aladdin Sane, and his commissioned typographic portrait of Lord Attenborough is now on permanent public display at the Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts in Brighton.
The artist continues to push boundaries with his newer series New Neons and Black Fireworks, in which neon lights and explosions of black ink (from ink-filled balloons popped over the canvas) are juxtaposed against painterly landscapes and cloudscapes. Works from both of these series ("Neon v Nature #1" & "Black Firework 9-19") are available in Slightly Subversive's gallery and print shop alongside several of Edwards's other paintings.
'50 x 50' Auction Collective, London, Nov 2020
'New Beginnings' - Enter Gallery, Brighton, Dec 2019
'Black Fireworks' - SOLO SHOW - Phoenix Art Space, Brighton 2019
'Mixed Originals' - Enter Gallery, Brighton, May 2019
'ArtYard' - Artrepublic, Brighton 2018
'TEXT ME' - SOLO SHOW, The Contemporary, Manchester. Oct 2017
'Art Block' - Truman Gallery, London Oct 2016
'Open' - Phoenix Gallery, Brighton May 2016