Ed Drew grew up in Brooklyn, New York City and joined the military after completion of high school. Drew spent the next 6 years in the active duty Air Force; during his tour of duty he was assigned to an air base near Tokyo, Japan until the end of his enlistment. It was while in Japan he discovered his passion for art and the distinctive aesthetic derived from the Japanese culture.
In 2009 he joined the California Air National Guard as a Combat Search and Rescue helicopter gunner. Deploying to Afghanistan in the spring of 2013, he created his first major body of work there. While in the Air National Guard, he also attended San Francisco Art Institute, receiving a BFA in Sculpture with a minor in Photography where he studied under photographers Linda Connor, Lonnie Graham and Henry Wessel Jr.
His work centers on historical references of varying cultures, through portraiture, with an emphasis on a wide range of photographic processes, and compositional dialogue.
Ed is currently working on multiple series throughout Arkansas.
He also currently serves in the Air Force Reserves as enlisted aircrew.
"You wanna know what art is?! Scribble, scrabble" J Drew. A direct quote from my son one day to his brother...
I endeavor towards art as being made both egalitarian and available for all to witness. To shift perspectives and open thoughtful dialogue.
Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
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