Edmund Mathews is a Wisconsin based artist who earned his first BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1991. He worked as a graphic designer, art director, illustrator, and 3d animator before receiving his second BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2010.
His current paintings and drawings are observations of in-between places, or liminal spaces. Through surreal narratives, the work examines the overlapping relationships between humans, land, and power. The concept of the apparatus, as a system of influence, is used as a metaphorical device of control where it becomes an active participant in the scene, exerting force upon humans, identities, and the landscape. The environments within the work become hybrid places where progress continues at a much slower pace, and exists on the threshold between the past and the future.
In 2011, he received the honor of being selected for the Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN) year-long mentor/protégé program. In 2012 he received the Director’s Choice Award in the juried exhibition Forward: Survey of Wisconsin Art Now, at the Charles Allis Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 2013 Edmund received the first place award in the Union Art Gallery: 40th Annual Juried Show, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Mathews is currently a teacher of record and a third year graduate student pursuing his MFA at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.