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Edward M. Fielding

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Edward M. Fielding

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Born Edward Mark Fielding
December 11, 1965
Honolulu, Hawaii, US
Died Too early!
Spouse(s) Wendy Fielding
Website edwardfielding.com

Edward Mark Fielding (December 11, 1965 – ) is an American photographer, artist and designer. He is best known for his series of humorous photographs featuring his Westie.   His images have have been widely reproduced on calendars, posters, and books.

Fielding’s book “the Quotable Westie” is available online as well as his follow up book featuring Pugs.

Pugs by Edward M. Fielding - Pug Photo Book - https://www.createspace.com/5240200
Pugs by Edward M. Fielding – Pug Photo Book
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Wash Day, one of the images from the westie series was featured on the cover of Pet Junction Magazine.

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Through his rights managed licensing agent ArcAngel, Fielding’s work can be found in numerous magazines and on national and international bestselling novels including David Baldacci’s Memory Man, Jean-Luc Bannalec’s Un ete a Pont-Aven, the Dead Bird EP from the band Remembering January and more.

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Draft version or blue version of Memory Man.
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Edward M. Fielding’s artwork on a book cover
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Patricia Macdonald book cover by Edward M. Fielding
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Fielding’s photography licensed for use on Remembering January’s EP Dead Birds.

 

Early Career

Fascinated with image making and photography as a child, Fielding experimented with film and alternative techniques through out his teens and college years.  He had a closet darkroom and experimented with various alternative techniques including shooting large format film with and antique Graflex Press Camera which shot 4×5 sheet film.  Other experimental processes included Polaroid transfers and working with cyanotypes which he wrote about in an article published in Darkroom Magazine.

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Fielding studied marketing at Boston University but would steal away hours in the photography book stacks at the library when ever he got a chance.  Pouring over famous photographer’s images helped shape his future eye for composing images.

After a career in the publishing world working for magazines such as BYTE and companies such as Cahners Publishing, Reed Elsevier, McGraw-Hill and CMP Media as well as a few Internet start ups during the boom and bust period of the late 1990s.  During this time Fielding teamed up with fellow artist Paul Ocepek and started a company called Fishboy Art and Design which featured Ocepek’s quirky artwork on t-shirts and products.  The designs were sold via the Fishboy.com website as well as licensed to Lakeshirts a leading t-shirt supplier for tourist areas and other manufacturers.  At one point 50,000 mugs featuring Fishboy designs were sold in Walmarts nationwide.  Due to the proliferation of competition and the downturn in the economy, Fishboy was eventually shut down with Ocepek starting up a new venture Modern Moose and Fielding again pursuing his art – this time with modern digital equipment.

Fielding first found success with stock images but quickly developed more of an fine art focus and found even more success selling his work directly to a growing fan based attracted to his style.

His work can be purchase in the form of prints, canvases, matted and frame artwork as well as on products such as phone cases, pillows and tote bags.

The major collection can be found via Fielding website: www.edwardfielding.com

Critical Review

As Fielding’s skills and reputation have grown, he has sought out more exclusive places to showcase his work.

On the commercial stock side, he offers his work to professional designers via Arcangel Images a boutique stock agency which features photographs hand selected from some of the most imaginative and talented international photographers and videographers working in the industry today.  Digital Magazine of Fielding’s RM work

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Edward M. Fielding photographer and artist

In the spring of 2013 Fielding was one of the featured artists in the PhotoReel art show at Gallery W at the Whitney in the Berkshires.

In the summer of 2015, Fielding work was selected by Susan Strickler, Director, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH to be part of an art exhibit at the AVA Gallery in Lebanon, NH.

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Having lived in Hawaii, Germany, Kansas, New Jersey, Connecticut and Maine, Fielding now resides in the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire.

Current Work

Photographer Interview

The camera pans down from on high to a sunny, grassy field at a summer camp for Army Brats somewhere outside of Heidelberg, Germany. Its the mid-1970s and a group of middle schoolers are stuffing hands inside light proof black changing bags, trying to get plastic rolls of film to wind onto spools. Other kids are violently shaking small round containers of chemicals waiting for their images to emerge.

Fast forward to a high school darkroom, a lone teen is bent over trays, gently rocking chemicals over sheets of silver nitrate laden paper. A dim amber light illuminates his grinning faces at the image magically appears.

Fast forward to a college library in Boston. A student is in the photography section flipping through monographs of great photographers, a half-finished English paper waits patiently for his return.

Fast forward again, past the jobs, the publishing career, past the stay at home Dad moments to the present. Today Edward M. Fielding is enjoying his second career as a fine art photographer and visual artist. Quickly learning about digital photography after years of working with film of all kinds – from alternative processes to large format, Fielding enjoys creating works of art that range from straight forward classic photography to complicated composite pieces. We recently sat down with Fielding.

How would you describe your work?

I tend to experiment a lot and try different genres but I’d say the overall theme in my work is a simple straight forward composition. There typically isn’t a lot of clutter in my images. I deal with a single subject and bring out complexity with light and texture.

When I first started getting back into photography I did a lot of work for stock agencies, so I developed an eye towards clean compositions.

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What do you consider your break out work?

I did a series of images with my Westie – Tiki that became very popular. Tiki was the inspiration for a series of funny photographs featuring not only him but some of his friends like Pete the Pug and Max the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

Many of the photos from this series appear in my popular book “the Quotable Westie” which is available on Amazon. “Wash Day” seen below is one of the most popular images from the series and has even appeared on the cover of a regional pet magazine.

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What other subjects do you enjoy photographing?

Like a lot of photographers I’ll pull the car over for any old car or falling down barn. I live in a rural area on the border of New Hampshire and Vermont so there are lots of opportunities to capture the disappearing scenery of old barns and abandoned cars. Something about the nostalgia and the amazing textures of rusty metal and weathered wood is irresistible.

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I also like creating still lifes in the studio. Its the closest thing to painting because you are arranging all of the elements in the shot by hand rather than finding a composition out in a landscape.

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Where can your artwork be seen?

Mostly online although I have had a few shows around the New England area. Other places my work will show up is on the cover of novels or CDs. Recently I had this image licenced for the cover of a bestselling author David Baldacici’s Memory Man in the UK and the bird image appears on the new CD from the band Remembering January.

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Where can your artwork be purchased?

My website – www.edwardfielding.com – has the major links to purchasing my work for wall art or for licensing. My preferred partner for wall art has been Fine Art America. They provide endless customization options and museum quality framing. For rights managed licensing my partner Arcangel images is great for licensing book cover art or cd artwork.

New Designs

These new designs were originally inspired by our new clothing offerings including t-shirts and sweatshirts but they also work great as shower curtains, tote bags, canvases and wall art.  Some work as duvets while others are too small to effectively work on the bed spreads.

They all have been designed so you can change the backgrounds.  This includes picking or customizing the t-shirt color, tote bag background color or even the art print background color.  Its fun and totally personalizable and unique so try it out!

See what these designs look like as matted prints or other wall art pieces or on products such as t-shirts, tote bags and even throw pillows.

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T-shirts, tote bags, shower curtains and wall art from independent artist Edward M. Fielding – www.edwardfielding.com
 

Shepard Fairey

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Love these beautiful new prints from Shepard Fairey created with Pace Prints, NYC.

About the artist:

Shepard Fairey received his B.F.A. at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. While at R.I.S.D. he created the Andre the Giant has a Posse sticker that transformed into the OBEY GIANT art campaign with imagery that has changed the way people see art and the urban landscape. His work has evolved into an acclaimed body of art which includes the 2008 “Hope” portrait of Barack Obama which can be found in the Smithonian’s National Portrait gallery.

Since the beginning of his career in 1989 he has exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, indoor and outdoor. His works are in the permanent collections of the MOMA, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Boston ICA, and many others.

For more information, visit www.obeygiant.com

Products Available on Society6

One of the vendors I partner with to sell my artwork is Society6. Society6 offers a full line of products that are manufactured in house by the artists and craftsmen who are behind the company. Society6 was founded by Justin Cooper, Lucas Tirigall-Caste and Justin Wills.

The following is a sampling of some of the items you can purchase from Society6. Please note: If you want to purchase framed artwork of my work, I suggest visiting my Fine Art America page. Not only do I have more than 2,500 examples of my work on Fine Art America but they also offer a far wider range of artwork framing choices that the other vendors I partner with to sell my art and photography.

So Society6 – great range of products featuring the artwork of Edward M. Fielding, carefully made by the company, not outsourced.

Throw Pillows

Throw pillows are an inexpensive way to add some pizzazz to an interior or liven up an old couch.  Plus they make a great gift.

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Here are some other products you can buy:

As well as phone cases and clothing items.

Here are some examples of what the products look like in the home.

Area Rug:

Hot Wheels Rug
Hot Wheels Rug by Edward M. Fielding

Shower curtain:

Old Record Shower Curtain
Old Records Shower Curtain by Edward M. Fielding

Tote Bags:

 

 

French Pens Tote Bag by Edward M. Fielding
French Pens Tote Bag by Edward M. Fielding

Throw pillows:

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Unique designer throw pillows by Edward M. Fielding

Don’t become Human Spam

Human Spam is a concept introduced in the book “Show Your Work!” by Austin Kleon, which is the follow up to the bestseller “Steal Like An Artist”.

The concept of Human Spam is basically someone who puts out a lot of output but doesn’t consume any input.  Think of the writer who never reads or the photographer who never looks at other people’s artwork.

Human spam says “look at me, look at me” but doesn’t return the favor.

The chapter in the book reads “Shut Up and Listen” which is tried and true advice.  When you listen or see other peoples ideas, thoughts and work, it is something that you can absorb and learn.

The writing community is full of lame-o people who want to be published in journals even though they don’t read the magazines they want to be published in, ” says writer Dan Chaon.  “These people deserve rejections that they will undoubtedly receive , and no one should feel sorry for them when they cry about how they can’t get anyone to accept their stories.”

Human spam.

If you want people to go to your art opening, you need to go to theirs.  You need to support the scene not just take.   The experience of art is a two way street between artists, fans, other artists, the press, etc.  Its not “I’ll drop this amazing work for my fans to snatch up”.

To avoid becoming human spam you have to remain a fan and continue to be curious within the art world.

 

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Good work is all about process, yet we tend to only share the products of that process, and not the process itself. Learn how opening up and sharing your process brings you closer to your audience, adds value to your work, and makes you better at what you do.

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A compendium of articles about art and the art business for artists. A valuable resource of information for artists about the art business.

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6 Reasons to Love Pop Art

I’ve been creating a lot of pop art lately. My subjects range from TVs to classic VW buses. I’ve been exploring colorful and repeating themes. What has drawn me to pop art lately has been this long drawn out winter. Who doesn’t like a injection of bold colors and classic subjects that speak to fun and perhaps summer? Here are a few reasons that I personally like Pop Art. See if you agree”

1. Pop Art is fun. Lets face it, when you visit a museum, the pop art section is pure fun after looking at all of the carnage, rape, war, beheadings etc in the old masters section and the sorrowful commentary of modern society in the contemporary art section. The pop art displays are pure, unadulterated fun.

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2. Pop Art is approachable. Taking clues from popular culture, pop art’s subjects are things the general public deals with every single day. From soup cans to superheros, Pop Art reflect what we like best about the world around us – food, entertainment, products, consumption.
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3. Pop Art has no hidden meanings to decipher. Sure complex artwork is intellectually challenging and fun when you have the inside scoop on the hidden meanings and symbolism behind the work but often one attends a modern art exhibit and leaves with the feeling the joke is on the ticket buyer. Pop Art eliminates by simply presenting itself honestly and openly. No hidden meanings except perhaps making a statement on our commercialized world. Pop Art simple states that art is part of the overall commercialism and isn’t somehow above it.
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4. Pop Art is affordable. Prints, silkscreens, books, products – pop art embraces mass production and modern reproduction methods as such there is more available at lower prices than that one of a kind oil painting. It fulfills its message that we live in a world of industrialize, mass produced products.
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5. Pop Art is cheerful. Usually pop art deals with bold colors, fun subjects and wild design. Rather then put you in state of depression, pop art is typically an uplift experience that might just bring a smile to your face.
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6. Pop Art has a sense of humor. Artist dealing with everyday objects and elevating them to something worth of hanging on a museum wall have to have a wicked sense of humor. And the nice thing is the public is invited in on the fun.

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What is Pop Art?

Pop art is now most associated with the work of New York artists of the early 1960s such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, and Claes Oldenburg, but artists who drew on popular imagery were part of an international phenomenon in various cities from the mid-1950s onwards. Following the popularity of the Abstract Expressionists, Pop’s reintroduction of identifiable imagery (drawn from mass media and popular culture) was a major shift for the direction of modernism. The subject matter became far from traditional “high art” themes of morality, mythology, and classic history; rather, Pop artists celebrated commonplace objects and people of everyday life, in this way seeking to elevate popular culture to the level of fine art. Perhaps owing to the incorporation of commercial images, Pop art has become one of the most recognizable styles of modern art.

“Pop is everything art hasn’t been for the last two decades. It’s basically a U-turn back to a representational visual communication, moving at a break-away speed…Pop is a re-enlistment in the world…It is the American Dream, optimistic, generous and naïve.”

Robert Indiana

How to Sell Yourself Without Selling Out

“Unlabel – Selling You Without Selling Out” by Marc Ecko is a great lesson on following your own path and getting past the gatekeepers – those who think they matter, the curators, gallery owners, teachers – to reach the goalkeepers the actual fans, users, buyers of your creative work.

The book follows Mark Ecko’s path from overweight nerdy grade school-er to owner of Ecko UnLtd a billion-dollar fashion and media empire. Along the way lessons and mistakes are make as a brand strives to maintain authenticity while growing from niche to mainstream.

Embrace pain, take risk and at all costs be yourself. You are a brand – it’d down to you to create something, authentic, and lasting.

It is the gatekeepers of the world who make it their business to label you like a product on a shelf but its the goalkeepers who matter – the consumers who can only be reached by peeling off the labels and unleashing the power of your personal brand.