Eddie produce work with the intention to make people smile, but also ponder about serious issues in life. The psychology of colours, shapes and relationships intrigues him. The spaces in between people, those moment is where the opportunity lies and that is why he rather colour those spaces, filled with potential. The artworks are also an expression of his surroundings, raging from the Urban environment that he adore, to the Natural spaces that he love.
The works are drawn on a mixed media background with media imprints, collages and painted surfaces, creating textures and interesting relief effects. These backgrounds symbolise everyday life with it's elements of surprise chaos and segments of different colours. Nudity in the artworks symbolises vulnerability. Eddie is fascinated by how our conscious would take an element of beauty and attraction and turn it into a sin. People who are covered up are symbols of pretence, as well as an controlling character. There are figures relaxing and others moving away, others reaching out. They tell stories of everyday life. Some artworks are of cameras, fishes, butterflies and any objects. They still do represent humans and are metaphors of us in relation to each other and the whole.
Photos and everyday life plays an important role in his work, also being a photographer. The relationships between people and objects, as well as people and their surroundings are what he believes life is made up of. That is after all what an average day would consist off. The influences of religion, lust, commercialism, the media and progression are obvious. The idea of a moving object captured in sequence is evident in many works.
He use felt pen on specially painted boards and paper. The idea of an object having fulfilled its purpose in life fascinates Eddie. Even a page in a phone book holds a world of information, possibilities and emotions.
Influences on Eddie's work is abundant; the line figures of Walter Battis (Rock painting origins), Colours and repetition on Andy Warhol, human compositions of Jonas Burgert and quite frankly hundreds of others. Everything in life is after all an influence. The colours of Africa, the vibrancy and colours of Malaysia, and the culture of Australia (especially the Aboriginal Culture) have made a big imprint on his artworks.
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