Gareth Fuller was born in 1980 in Carmarthen, Wales, and is of Irish and British heritage. His geopictorial works investigate the identity of places. Using extensive research, urban and rural exploration, local knowledge and lived experience, he depicts their topographies and cultures.
The kaleidoscopic drawings are saturated with densities of detail, entwined with patterns, systems, technologies, iconography, architecture, human stories, facts, curiosities, memories, fictions and humour - an infinite cognitive and narrative map. The depictions are signifiers, with hidden meanings, and often need deciphering to be understood.
By mapping events, Fuller provides a relatable, personal and imagined story. In doing so, the artwork places prominence on collective knowledge and experience, a distinctive characteristic of his work. It is in the moments of contemplation that a dialogue begins while poring over the map, whether the intended story is teased out or new stories added, the art creates conversation.
Fuller's prints have been acquired by the British Library, Museum of London and Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery for their permanent collections.
Beijing is the most recent major work in a global series. His research began by circumnavigating the megacity by foot, he then walked around each ring road to the heart of the metropolis, totaling over 1,350km. The Beijing map is currently on display at The British Ambassador’s Residence Beijing.