Spotlight on: Ink and skulls

Edward Kendall 6 February 2014

My artwork generally focuses on ideas of impermanence and architectural foundation. Although I commonly start with small prints and studies, my larger work typically recreates skeletal structures in black ink, a style greatly inspired by Asian art and the Japanese concept of ‘Wabi Sabi’, an aesthetic principle which expresses the beauty of the imperfect and impermanent object. With a strong interest in negative space and defining compositions with absences, my art often places fragile structures in abyssal white space.

Over the past two years I have been creating large scale work for commission and my most recent subjects have included the Firth Bridge and the burnt out remains of Brighton Pier. I find working with black ink to be a very free medium, especially when creating depth and texture rapidly and on a bigger scale. In addition to using inks, I also paint the human form in oils and acrylics to experiment with comparisons between architectural foundation and skeletal form (although paintings of meat and skulls don’t tend to sell so well!)

It’s not ideal to work at college, and I’m sure maintenance wouldn’t appreciate too many paint spatters on the walls, so I usually gather ideas and compose small studies during term time and then later develop them back home in London.