Edward ‘Jonnie’ Turpie, having established a successful creative industries career returned to education in 2017 as a Doctoral Research Student at Birmingham School of Art. His career included establishing an independent production company producing television programmes and innovative digital content. During his journey towards PhD completion he has achieved a PG Certificate in Research Practice in 2018, his first formal qualification since achieving an MA Printmaking from the RCA in 1979. His PhD Research subject is Contemporary Portraiture – Smart phone Photography, Drawing and Printmaking.
The research questions interrogate the relationship that exists between smartphone portraiture and analogue based drawn approaches to mechanical printmaking. He explores the subtle digital and analogue techniques of image making and the complex relationship between the observer and the observed.Recent, selected exhibitions include a solo show High Sheriff Portraits at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (2017). Group outputs: Diverso Encuentros, IMPACT 10, Santander, 2018, Printmakers Council V&A mini prints (2017), SALON, BMAG 2016; WM Open, Waterhall 2015. Pulpa Print; 20×20 Hot Bed Press; RBSA print, photography and Portraits 2016. In 2018 Turpie was Co-curator of You and I are discontinuous beings, Group Drawing exhibition and Book Launch as part of the Midlands Universities Partnership.