Born in 1971, Ed Chapman tiptoed into the world of art holding the hands of his artist parents. Playing with pastels or pencils were part of his everyday routine even before he was conscious of his natural gifts. But instead of the more conventional media like acrylic or gouache, Ed Chapman found mosaic to be ideally suited for his artistic expressions. He devoted himself in the exploration of mosaic art and finding his own niche in its illustrious legacy. From ceramic to pieces of paper, smashed vinyl records to plectrums, there is hardly any item with which creating art is not possible for Ed. He mostly uses famous faces from the world of music and art as his subject. He aims for maximum impact by trying to keep the palette as simple as possible and audience is left gasping at beholding the eloquent faces staring back at them from the frames. Watch closely and you will start identifying the fragments of life affectionately preserved in each piece of vinyl or ceramic before being skilfully strewn into a larger picture.
Armed with her knowledge of three dimensional design and skills in ceramics Nuala O’Donovan delved into the mystical world of patterns and geometry and found herself merrily lost amidst the treasures of the universe. Every now then she creates ceramic sculptures inspired by the elements of nature blended with the sparkle of her own imagination to have the audience simply gaze at those beautiful creations in sheer amazement. Galileo Galilei in The Assayer (Il Saggiatore) wrote that ‘(The universe) is written in the language of mathematics, and its characters are triangles, circles, and other geometric figures.’ Nuala’s sculptures are apt reproductions directly from the pages of that macrocosmic book.