Born in 1981, Eddie Peake is a young London-based multi-media artist whose work encompasses performance, video, photography, sculpture, painting and installation.
Discussing his practice recently in Interview magazine, Peake said: ‘I like to depict the body in a way that occupies an ambiguous aesthetic space that transcends or toys with categories of things like gender and sexuality.’
‘One of the earliest and most impactful examples of this’ explains Christie’s specialist Ed Tang ‘was his 2012 performance piece Touch, created while Peake was still a student at the Royal Academy. Performed in 2012, the work consisted of a choreographed 5-aside football match — its players naked except for the coloured socks that indicated their team. The experience recalled the physicality of Greek sculpture whilst also exploring the social experience of sexuality and the erotic potential of the human body at play.’
Eddie Peake, Bad to the Bada Bada Bone, 2012
Black and white photograph and two paintings, oil on board. 106 x 118 cm.
Eddie Peake, Eddie Freak, 2013
Paint on polished stainless steel. 100 x 70 cm.
Other works by the artist incorporate text, considering the proximity of verbal and non-verbal language. ‘In the realm of painting, Eddie Peake is known for his Masks and Mirrors series: paintings with eye-popping colours and provocative titles — many of them made of lacquered spray paint on polished steel — which featured prominently in his 2013 exhibition at White Cube São Paulo’.
Peake attended the Slade School of Fine Art before taking up an artist residency at the British School in Rome in 2008-2009, going on to receive his Masters from the Royal Academy Schools in 2013. His work has been exhibited at galleries including Mihai Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles (2011), Galleria Lorcan O’Neill, Rome (2012), and the Focal Point Gallery, Southend (2013), among others. From January 2015, Peake is to be the subject of a solo show at Galleria Lorcan O’Neill.
‘For me’ says Ed Tang ‘he is one of the most promising artists of his generation, and I am fascinated to see where his career takes him next’.
Eddie Peake, Going To The Shops (Gif), 2014
Painted acrylic with hand knitted mohair scarf. 234 x 139 cm.
Eddie Peake, Handschmeichler 6 (Pennant Shows The Twins How To
Painted aluminium, timber, foam, leather, bronze, plaster. 15 x 60 x 30 cm.
Eddie Peake, On The Doorstep Of 1 Woodstock Road Kasey Tells His
Younger Brother Keynan (Same Mother, Different Fathers) That Yes,
He Can Have A Cola Bottle But That He, Kasey, Will Bite The Lid Off
First, Which Makes Eddie, Tabby And Marie, Who Had Moments Earlier
Been Listening To Kasey Tell Everyone That A Man Is Much More
Dangerous Than A Gun Because The Man Operates The Gun, Laugh.
Meanwhile Just Outside Pennant's Mum's House, Pennant, Dwayne,
Fraser, The Brothers Ian And Troy (Same Age, Same Father, Different
Mothers) And Lewis, Who Had Just Been Having A Conversation In
Which Lewis Was Being Asked "Do You Lick A Dick A Day?"
(Pronounced 'Lickadickaday') And Encouraged To Just Say Yes Or No
Because It Didn't Matter If He Didn't Understand, And That Actually
Maybe He Should Just Say Yes, Are Unexpectedly Joined By The
Older Boys Godfrey And Henry, The Latter Of Whom Is Carrying
Around A Kitten He Is Trying To Sell. They All Play With The Kitten As
Jerry The Tramp Walks Past And Bellows Drunken And Unintelligible
Sounds That Are Supposed To Be Sentences, Snot Dangling From His
Nose Into His Mouth And Onto His Clothes And Getting Sprayed About
With Each Bellow. Moments Later A British Racing Green BMW With
Blacked Out Windows And A Purple Light Glowing From Beneath The
Car Will Drive Slowly Past And As It Does So A Gargantuan Rumbling
Bassline Will Emanate From It, Which Will Excite Everyone, Who Will
Stop What They're Doing To Watch The Car Pass In Silent Admiration,
Except Jerry Who Won't Notice It And Who Will Continue Bellowing,
The Sound Of Which Will Be Entirely Drowned By The Bassline, 2014
Stove enamel aluminium, painted aluminium, neon and clay. 130 x 170 x 21 cm.