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Abstract Colour: The Art Portfolio of Edward Bock

A monotype print with acrylic figures pasted over topFebruary Crossing IV, giclee print on canvas with hand-carved acrylic figures

Artist Edward Bock maintains an experimental, exploratory practice that focuses on a wide range of media and subject matter. Edward often combines figurative art styles with abstraction, sometimes rending figures with a loose, abstracted hand, other times inserting detailed figures into planes of abstract colour.

A giclee print with a group of carved figuresFebruary Crossing II, giclee print with hand-carved acrylic figures


Simple, slightly abstracted human figures are a common motif throughout Edward’s portfolio. The artist has stated that these figures are at least partly inspired by the look and texture of weathered street signs, and the “walk” symbol that’s often seen in close association. These figures -- though devoid of features or defining characteristics beyond “human” – are lent personality by the fact that they all seem to be in a hurry to get somewhere.

The front page of Edward Bock's art


Elsewhere in his portfolio, Edward pays homage to the look and atmosphere of city streets in and of themselves. In his Sidewalk Sonata series, the artist collects square photographs of small moments seen on sidewalks and roadways, composing nine photos into a fascinating grid collage that speaks to a walking narrative.

A collage of photographs of a sidewalkSidewalk Sonata 1, giclee print on acid free 100% cotton fiber Velvet Fine Art Paper

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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