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 meticulous 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 now exhibited at The British Ambassador’s Residence Beijing.
“A stroke of the pen is a word in a story. Each street is a paragraph. A week at the easel tells of a day pounding pavements. 'Drawing a picture' means months of purposeful wandering and poking about.
Everything navigated and known: subterranean tribes; testaments to unsung heroes; memorable vistas, rubbish heaps and the people who live in them; the dazzling glamour of a cocktail bar for the beautiful, who dance and drink at the peak of urban perfection.
The man in the street is not the man of the street. Fuller is not a character in his works; he is an observer, a voyeur. Justice and injustice; wealth and happiness; uphill, downhill; reality and invention – it’s all the same to him.
If it exists or is imagined it is recorded in his intimate cartographic art; each piece celebrating the complexities of the people, place and time: His work is an invitation to explore the heart, soul and underbelly of situation."
Helen & Jonathan 2017