Edward Chell’s work explores a matrix of connected ideas centred on taxonomies and extinction, thresholds and boundaries, borders and hinterlands. For instance, his recent project Soft Estate investigated the aesthetics and ecology of motorway landscapes in relation to the 18th Century Picturesque. Chell uses such sites to foreground colliding narratives through painting and a wide range of media.
Edward Chell is an artist based in London and a senior academic at UCA Canterbury. He recently completed an Arts & Humanities Research Council Fellowship resulting in solo exhibitions Soft Estate at Bluecoat, Liverpool, touring to Spacex Exeter (2013- 2014), and Eclipse at the Beaney Museum, Canterbury (2013). Both had accompanying publications with contributions from environmentalist Richard Mabey and historian Jenny Uglow.
Other projects include Viewing Stations, Tank, London (2011); Gran Tourismo, Little Chef, Ings, supported by Grizedale Arts, Cumbria (2011); and permanent installations for Swedenborg Society, London and Stour Valley Arts, Kent (2010).
In 2012 Chell co-edited In the Company of Ghosts: the Poetics of the Motorway, published by erbacce-press with a flatbed print edition for Beaconsfield to accompany the launch.
He is represented by Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Düsseldorf.
Art Monthly review of Soft Estate (subscription required to view)