Edmund Mathews


Edmund Mathews is a visual artist working and living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His work explores the varied aspects of human migration through visual storytelling. His interest in migration originates from the personal journeys of his own family members and the stories they tell. The main subject matter in his paintings and drawings are containers in the form of crates, boxes, luggage and other enclosures. These containers are appropriated from the past, often from patent records, and they are used in an attempt to narrate their importance to migration. The events depicted in his paintings are set in surreal yet probable worlds. Edmund received his first Bachelor of Fine Art in Graphic Design in 1991 from the University of Milwaukee’s Layton School of Art. He worked as a graphic designer, illustrator, and art director before receiving his second Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting and Drawing from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee's Peck School of the Arts in 2010. He is currently a graduate student pursuing his MFA at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee.

Edmund is an emerging fine artist whose work has been shown throughout Wisconsin. In 2011, he received the honor of being selected for the Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN) Mentors program where he was mentored by international artist, Santiago Cucullu.