Ed Merlin Murray is an artist, illustrator, and animator based in the frozen wilds of North East England. His work is primarily drawing based, using a mix of analog and digital media. He also loves making things move, again using a mix of various traditional animation techniques as well as digital 2D.
His personal work has met with global acclaim, having been covered by such top art and
design blogs as Hi Fructose, Juxtapoz, and Colossal.
Ed was named one of the ‘Ones to Watch 2020’ by creative industry organisation D&AD.
Ed finds Faces infinitely interesting, with his work dealing with consciousness and the mind as themes, so human faces faces tend to feature in a lot of this. In every drawing he tries to create a new world, or tell a story, often surreal. "We all inhabit different worlds and stories as people, all of which begin and end with the experience of being incarnated into a human body. It follows for me that in most drawings I want to include some element of the human form, the most fascinating of which is the face."
There are quadrants in the mind which Ed’s artwork delights – far beyond the fathoms of
logical or coherent thought that occupy much of our day to day mundane thoughts. In these
dimensions are artworks and illustrations, spiraling and ricocheting from Ed's
consciousness, sometimes prickling the fancies of the eternal questions of reality, or
sometimes summoning arcane sciences from an alternate dimension, but always brandishing
their peculiar brilliance in a-serious-but-not-all-too-serious manner that is distinctly
More than anything, Ed is a creator.
Ed has a constant output of creative works, reaching tens of thousands of viewers on Instagram. He has published a book, titled Mysterium Conscientia, a book of drawings which discuss the "mysteries of human consciousness via the worlds of neuroscience, metaphysics, esoteric mysticism, and a whole load of other arcane sciences”.
“Like a lot of artists today, a large percentage of my creative output has no place in the traditional art world - I’ve rarely worked with galleries, and a lot of my work has no physical incarnation anyway so this new digital space is the ideal home for me. The whole space is very exciting - I’m keen to see what happens next.”