Since 2010 London based artist Ewan David Eason has created abstract images from reality. Drawing particular inspiration from organic and man-made patterns created in cartography. By gilding with precious metals or using complementary colours he aims to focus the viewer on the sacredness and diversity of our living landscapes. High levels of accuracy and dedication are used in the construction of the artworks, emphasising their status as a method of art-as-documentation.
Whilst looking into various historical maps Eason discovered Charles Booth’s Descriptive Map of London Poverty from 1889. Booth set out to define levels of poverty and wealth in London, house by house using a colour coded system. Examples of these colours included Black defining Lowest class; Red defining Middle class and Yellow defining the Upper class. Continuing on the theme of creating abstract images from reality, Eason discovered the defined colours became an abstract image in themselves. By removing the colours and replacing them with one colour; Gold, he drew on the egalitarian nature of the city.
Eason’s artwork has been well received in a number of prestigious institutions including The Barbican, Christies, The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition as well as a solo exhibition at 45 Park Lane in London. His artwork also featured in the BBC’s The Night Manager. He continues to exhibit both in the UK and at International Art Fairs.