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Pastey WhyteThe artist, Ed Burgess (who signs his artwork “Edsy” and is also known as “Pastey Whyte”) was born in Rochester, NY. He has a BFA in Sceneography from SUNY, New Paltz, NY. He has worked as a Stage Technician in television and theater production for the past 25 years, and has been making his art for just as long.

Edsy’s art techniques are derived from the artists he most admires, especially from the Pop and Contemporary Art genres. His work is also an extension of his urban environments having lived and worked in New York City, Chicago, and currently Los Angeles. He does not adhere to one particular style or medium. He has made several series of works which use found objects, found images, and repurposed materials. He finds source images from his collection of vintage magazines and catalogs, and transforms the original material or content into something modern and edgy with a “throw back” twist--the uncanny, familiar but unfamiliar. The content of his work varies from portraits to politics, from the mundane to the profane. His work and style are instantly identifiable as his.

For the past several years, he has been an active participant in the “un-commissioned public art” of the Los Angeles Street Art movement. Known by his nom de guerre “Pastey Whyte”, his street work stands out in the field and has drawn a following of fellow street artists and fans of the genre. Featured in Stay Up by G. James Daichendt, he’s recently joined several of the movement’s stand outs and has been transitioning from the wheat pastes in alleys and on corner electric boxes, to exhibiting works in the art galleries of Los Angeles. His recent works are on exhibit in Los Angeles at Space 23 Gallery and 50/50 Art Gallery.


Pastey Whyte


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