Edward Bruce was born in Oxford. After one year on the Architectural Studies course at the University of Newcastle, he studied at North Oxfordshire School of Art, Banbury, before completing a Fine Art degree, and also winning the Alcan Prize for Sculpture, at the University of Northumbria, Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1995. After graduating, he exhibited in London where his practice was based for four years. From 2003 to 2017 his practice was based in Liverpool. He graduated in 2018 from GSA with a Masters in Fine Art Practice.
His work explores how binaries operate and under which conditions they break down. His art foregrounds the idea that different exclusive communities have their own nonverbal languages and when several codes or languages clash, new objects are often produced and fertile territory is opened up. His displays create a ‘common ground’ where opposites can interact and play in a free matrix. His studio practice is multidisciplinary and is situated in the intersection between anthropology, sociology and archaeology. Edward’s subjects are often the culturally neglected or marginalised and his artistic process involves the recovery of cultural cargo. The starting point is often an evoked memory and proceeds with the processing of emotional and psychological freight from which historical material is re-made as art objects, performances or sound pieces.