Ed Isaacs RBSA
After a career in social housing and urban regeneration, Ed felt that it was time for something different. He has always enjoyed studying the urban landscape and on his travels in the UK and abroad he regularly carried a sketchbook. He decided, therefore, to focus full time on his artwork. He specialises in pen and ink drawings, sometimes with a colour wash, and he aims to capture the ‘genius loci’ and record journeys he makes mainly in the urban West Midlands.
Ed finds lots to draw in his home town of Wolverhampton and in 2013 he became a member of the Wolverhampton Society of Artists. In 2017 he recorded a journey he made covering the entire canal network in the city and this was followed by an exhibition at Wolverhampton’s Light House gallery. Most recently he has started to work more conceptually, exhibiting at the Asylum Gallery large-scale works drawing on images from a range of sources. Ed is currently working on a series of large, highly-detailed drawings of locations in Wolverhampton incorporating incongruous elements.
In 2018, Ed was elected a member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists and he regularly exhibits and runs drawing workshops at their premises. In 2017 he took part with two other artists in a group exhibition that focused on Birmingham’s renowned Jewellery Quarter.
Finally, Ed is an enthusiastic and compulsive urban sketcher, regularly getting out and about with groups of like-minded people across the West Midlands and beyond plus helping to organise the Black Country Urban Sketchers.