Best known for his large scale paintings that combine tropes of modernist abstraction with the stylised accents of extreme sports, the practice of Ben Edmunds moves between painting, sculpture, photography, branding, usefull objects and wearable equipment. Throughout the lens of Abstract Expressionism and color field painting, in which paiting sought to become a transcendental expierence, his work can be seen as an updated modernism, a search for the meaning in the context of fashions and trends, ‘couch to 5k,’ remote personal training and welness coaching.
Growing up in rural England, Edmunds was surrounded by a culture of outdoor leisure pursuit. he draws on this personal history of sailing, windsurfing and cycling to explore the transcendental parallel between abstract painting and adventure sports. To the artists, these sports offer an escape, an urge to go beyond the known boundaries of geography and the body. questioning the assumed anti-utilitarianism of bastract painting, the artist proposes to examine the function of a painting as aquipment.