Ed Fairburn: Map Portraits

Illustrator Ed Fairburn utilizes the multicolored, patterned surface of road and subway maps to create large-scale ink and pencil portraits that echoes the complex textures found in the human form. Fairburn says, "The work I produce is largely figurative, and through the exploration of the human form I examine the patterns and structures which exist across the body. Emphasis is placed on the ‘fragmented’ texture of the skin, a process which has encouraged my work to evolve from its occupation of plain paper to the potential occupation of other, pre-fragmented or pre-patterned surfaces."

Find out more about Ed Fairburn's work here.

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