Ed Loftus’ Unsettling Photorealistic Graphite Drawings

Oakland-based artist Ed Loftus transforms graphite lines into breathtaking works of art in his latest exhibition, Big Things to Avoid. The visually enthralling collection features thought-provoking, photorealistic illustrations that juxtapose trash bags, beautiful scenery, and people to delve into what the Gregory Lind Gallery, which is showing the series, describes as “the larger themes and subtexts of the human condition, including fear, the concept of the inevitable, and the single-minded nature of obsession.” The self-taught artist, who originally hails from the UK, seeks inspiration from photography both archaic and recent. Beginning this weekend, San Francisco locals can check out Big Things to Avoid in person at Gregory Lind, where the show will run through January 21st. Sample Loftus’ latest batch of drawings after the jump.


Ed Loftus, Untitled, 2011, graphite on paper,  7.75″ x 5.75″


Ed Loftus, Untitled, 2011, carbon pencil on paper, 22″ x 32″


Ed Loftus, Untitled, 2010, graphite on paper, 4″ x 6″


Ed Loftus, Untitled, 2010, graphite on paper, 19.75″ x 25.5″


Ed Loftus, Untitled, 2010, graphite on paper, 9″x 10″


Ed Loftus, Untitled, 2010, graphite on paper, 24″ x 25.5″


Ed Loftus, Untitled, 2011, graphite on paper, 8.5″x 11″


Ed Loftus, Untitled, 2010, graphite on paper, 4″x 6″