Ed Kluz explores contemporary perceptions of the past through the reimagining of historic landscapes, buildings and objects. The ideas of early Romanticism, the picturesque movement of antiquarian representations of topography and architecture underpin his approach to image-making. Ed was born in 1980 and grew up in Swaledale, North Yorkshire. He studied fine art at Winchester School of Art between 1999-2002. He now lives in East Sussex.
When Ed was the artist in residence at Little Toller, back in January 2016, he researched the lost houses of Dorset for some of the work featured in this show. Ed is showing here at Room at the End, several of his large pieces from his Lost Houses project as well as several smaller indian ink and gesso scraper boards of Dorset houses.
The service wing of Eastbury Park at Tarrant Gunville in Dorset is all that remains of the enormous palace built by Sir John Vanbrugh for George Doddington. Construction was begun in 1718, but was not completed until 1738. Sir Joseph Banks visited in 1767 and commented that it was ‘exceeding large and possibly one of the heaviest piles of stone Sir John Vanburgh ever erected.’ In fact both Castle Howard and Blenheim Palace were larger, but the house was huge for its position in the Dorset countryside. It was by then, out of fashion, and was demolished in 1782 by Richard Grenville-Temple. Today, the service wing, now renamed Eastbury House and a listed building can be glimpsed from the road and the imposing stone gateway hints at its more glorious past.
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