Medway Services M2 Eastbound, oil on shellac on acrylic gesso on linen, 180 x 140cm, 2013, © the artist, photo Peter Abrahams / Lucid Plane
Medway Services M2 Eastbound, oil on shellac on acrylic gesso on linen, 180 x 140cm, 2013, © the artist, photo Peter Abrahams / Lucid Plane

Edward Chell’s work explores a matrix of connected ideas centred on taxonomies and extinction, thresholds and boundaries, borders and hinterlands. For instance, his recent project Soft Estate investigated the aesthetics and ecology of motorway landscapes in relation to the 18th Century Picturesque. Chell uses such sites to foreground colliding narratives through painting and a wide range of media.