Ben Edge’s British Folk Paintings at the Viktor Wynd Museum, Hackney
October 4 - December 31
Ben Edge, a meticulous figurative artist and vibrant storyteller, immerses himself in the exploration and documentation of Britain’s rich, yet often unnoticed, folk culture. For nearly a decade, he’s traveled extensively across the British Isles, capturing the essence of seasonal folk customs through various mediums such as paint, film, photography, and sculpture. Ben’s work, deeply influenced by family legends and a personal ‘Druidic epiphany’, is an ode to the thriving contemporary British folk culture. His multifaceted projects not only unveil the extraordinary within the ordinary but also reflect his unyielding perfectionism and fascination with the details found in Folk and Naive Art. His acclaimed exhibitions, such as ‘Folk Renaissance’ and ‘Ritual Britain’, have showcased his vast, obsessive archive and drawn notable attention. Simultaneously, his roots in punk rock, folk music, and art have led to the creation and art direction of music videos and his debut solo album, ‘New Tradition’. Ben’s forthcoming exhibition, ‘Children of Albion’, is set to premiere in 2025, promising another profound glimpse into the heart of British folklore.
His exhibition at the Viktor Kynd Museum in Hackney runs from the beginning of October to the end of December, 2023.
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