Machiko Edmondson – Oblique, 2013 (detail)

Machiko Edmondson

United Kingdom 1965


Machiko Edmondson
Machiko Edmondson
United Kingdom
November 6, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Machiko Edmondson, also known as Cyan D or Cyan Dee, is a British artist famous for her larger than life, hyper-realistic close-up paintings of faces, focusing on only the main facial features.

Although Edmondson uses faces as a starting point to create stunning fantasy images, she does not portray real people but what she calls “anti-portraits”. At first glance, her paintings remind viewers of rapid-fire photo frames used with supermodels. This result, however, is actually the hook the artist uses to critique the perfectionist ideal so dominant in modern view of beauty. Her subjects are devoid of identity and the image is a paradoxically empty facade, which is quickly consumed, giving way to the anxiety and obsession that assert these paintings as paintings.

Art by Machiko Edmondson

Machiko Edmondson - Pirouette - 2014 (Left) / Sign (Right) - oil on canvas
Machiko Edmondson – Pirouette – 2014 (Left) / Sign (Right)

Born in 1965, Edmonson began her artistic training in 1981 at the Tama Arts University in Tokyo, where she earned her BA in Fine Art and Cultural Studies in 1985. In the late 1980s the artist moved to London where she studied at the Camberwell College of Arts (1989-1992) and at the Goldsmiths College (1993-1995) where she earned her MFA in 1995.

Her paintings have been shown in many individual and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout Europe and beyond including Nicholas Robinson Gallery, NY, USA; Marksman Gallery, Reading, UK; Gibsone Jessop Gallery, Toronto, Canada; Axel Theime Gallery, Darmstadt, Germany; Laurent Delaye Gallery, London, UK; Galerie Peter Zimmermann, Mannheim, Germany; Harris Museum, Preston, UK; and Holly Snapp Gallery, Venice, Italy, to name a few.

Her work is included in notable collections like David Teiger Collection, USA; Felicity Waley-Cohen Collection, UK; Birgid Hanson collection, UK; and Walker Art Center(Ralph W Burnet), USA, among others.

She is represented by Unix Gallery in New York.

Oil on Canvas by Edmondson

Machiko Edmondson - Oblique - 2013 (Left) - Subtext (Right) - oil on canvas
Machiko Edmondson – Oblique – 2013 (Left) – Subtext (Right)

Machiko Edmondson is based in London, UK.

Featured image: Machiko Edmondson – Oblique, 2013 (detail)
All images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2014AccrochageGalerie Peter Zimmermann, Mannheim, GermanyGroup
2013Machiko EdmondsonThe Atrium, 65 Alfred Rd, London, UKSolo
2013Outside OutsideMecklenburgh Square London WC1, UKGroup
2010Machiko EdmondsonNicholas Robinson Gallery, NY, USASolo
2010Plastic Culture -Legacies of Pop 1962-2008, Part 3Bradford1-Bradford Museum, Bradford, UKGroup
2009Plastic Culture -Legacies of Pop 1962-2008, Part 2The Exchange-Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall, UKGroup
2009Plastic Culture -Legacies of Pop 1962-2008, Part 1Harris Museum, Preston, UK Group
2007Machiko EdmondsonMarksman Gallery, Reading, UKSolo
2007UnknownSander Collection, Berlin, Germany,Group
2007UnknownBaro Cruz Gallery, Sao Paulo, BrazilGroup
2006Machiko EdmondsonGibsone Jessop Gallery, Toronto, CanadaSolo
2006Salon Connections20 Rivington Street Gallery, London, UKGroup
2006Crossing the BordersGreek State Museum of Contemporary Art, ThessalonikiGroup
2006Sweetness & LightMarksman Gallery, Reading, UK Group
2005Is This Desire?the apartment, Athens, GreeceSolo
2005London PaintingHolly Snapp Gallery, Venice, ItalyGroup
2004Show DownHengrove Art Space, Bristol, United KingdomGroup
2004CinderellaTrailer, London, UKGroup
2003FacesMark Jason Gallery, London, UKGroup
2003Painting Per Se, Part 2Oscar Cruz Gallery, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilGroup
2003Painting Per Se Part 1Andre Millan Gallery, Sao Paolo, BrazilGroup
2002Painting as A Foreign LanguageCentro Brasileiro Britanico, Sao Paolo, BrazilGroup
2002Soul WindowsDomoBaal, London, United KingdomGroup
2002The Most Dangerous GameRhodes and Mann Gallery, London, UKGroup
2001TautHabitat Art Space, Kings Rd, London, UKSolo
2001It’s a Wonderful Lifethe apartment, Athens, GreeceGroup
2001UnknownGaleria Mário Sequeira, Porto, PortugalGroup
2000Machiko EdmondsonAxel Theime Gallery, Darmstadt, GermanySolo
2000SignsAxel Thieme Gallery, Darmstadt, GermanyGroup
1999superNATURALStills Gallery, Edinburgh, ScotlandGroup
1999UnknownArchimede Staffolini Gallery, CyprusGroup
1998Behind DisguiseLaurent Delaye Gallery, London, UKSolo
1998Relative Values, Part 1Rangers House Museum, London, UKGroup
1998Relative Values Part 2Harris Museum, Preston, UKGroup
1998AliceCornerhouse, Manchester, UKGroup
1998Alice, Part 2The Nunnery, London, UKGroup
1997WhatTrinity Wharf Art Space, London, UKGroup
1996Face to FaceVictoria Miro Gallery, London, UKGroup
1995Machiko EdmondsonCircuit Gallery by HardWork, London, UKSolo
1995British Art in AmericaRaw Gallery, NY, NY, USGroup
1994Whitechapel OpenWhitechapel Gallery, London, UKGroup
1994UnpluggedUnit9 Space, London, UKGroup
1994Pet ShowUnion Street Gallery, London, UK Group