Edward Lipski (British, b. 1971) is an artist and sculptor whose work often has a certain unsettling playfulness to it, distinguishing his particular approach to the grotesque. In the cultural surrealism of his work there is no place for linguistic games and institutional vocabulary. Analyzing the human being using discomfort, spirituality and rituals Lipski aims at expressing the essential. By combining a conceptual thought process with his pre-linguistic means of conveying imagery, Lipski’s work stands apart from the current generation of artists. Lipski has said of his art: “I take the outsider perspective; it was never my concern to align myself with the current art language. I look to the streets, I look at my environment; that’s where my art culture is being formed. I look at raw nature [and] listen to a lot of contemporary music. [The quintessence of now, which I try to put into my works] is a combination of vagueness and particularity. Enjoyment and pleasure that comes out of interfacing things that are disparate in sensation: very technological and very rudimentary, very rough and sophisticated”.
Selected recent solo and group exhibitions include:
Alan Koppel Gallery, Chicago, USA (2015 and 2013), Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, BE (2011), Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zurich, CH (2010), The Approach, London, UK (2008). Run for the Roses, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, BE (2015), Coloured Skins, Galerie Ronny van de Velde, Antwerp, Belgium (2013) Dieu est un fumeur de havanes, MUDAM, Luxembourg, LU (2013)
Edward Lipski’s works can be found in national and international collections, most notably within the The Arts Council Collection, UK; MUDAM Luxembourg; La Maison Rouge, Paris, France; SMAK, Gent, Belgium; MUHKA Antwerp, Belgium; Magasin 3, Sweden; Stedelijk Museum het Domein Sittard, The Netherlands.