For the past decade, the self-taught Loftus has been creating idiosyncratic, photorealistic graphite drawings that address the larger themes and subtexts of the human condition, including fear, the concept of the inevitable, and the single-minded nature of obsession. Loftus derives his images and ideas from old family photographs, borrowed images, and photos that he has taken. This meticulous archive of images sometimes acts as prima materia for a discrete series of “reimagined memories”; other times, Loftus’ creations are purely symbolic and capture the moment with no need for translation or mediated commentary.
Ed Loftus is formally from the United Kingdom and lives with his wife and children in Oakland, California. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and most-recently featured in the New York Times.