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“While cartography can be considered an art in itself, illustrator Ed Fairburn has fused portraiture with street grids and topography in his latest works. He searches for moments to blend macroscopic terrain with human features – this pattern finding takes a special eye and careful hand. To Fairburn, a street can outline the curve of a smile and the highways can fracture across a solemn face, creating a hauntingly beautiful representation of human expression” - Kimberly Li of

“Like a sculptor carving a subject from a block of stone, or a constellation highlighted in a clump of stars, Fairburn uses meticulous ink or pencil cross-hatching to create portraits hidden amongst the topographical features” - Christopher Jobson of

“An ingenious use of a map as a canvas comes from artist Ed Fairburn. This exceptional visual display comes from Fairburn utilising the intricate terrain and workings of his chosen map and correlating the structures to those of his chosen subject’s features” - Laura Hutchinson of

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