Eddie Peake works with performance, video, photography, painting, sculpture, sound and installation. His art often takes the form of immersive exhibitions that connect diverse and incongruous objects, weaving autobiographical elements and an examination of self-identity with more general themes of desire, the body and the urban landscape. Through his work he explores the implicit drama within relationships, whether familial, professional, romantic, sexual or social, and how desire, sexuality, socio-political and cultural constructs, as well as psychological states such as depression impact on them. One particular preoccupation is with the lapses and voids inherent in the process of translating between verbal language and nonverbal modes of communication. It is in the discrepancy between words and any other language, say, images, emotions, bodily movements or sounds, that his art is located.
Eddie Peake was born in London in 1981 where he continues to live and work. His exhibitions and performances have been staged internationally including at CIRCA, Piccadilly Circus, London (2020); White Cube, London (2018); the Fiorucci Art Trust Volcano Extravaganza, Naples and Stromboli (2017); Barbican Art Gallery, London (2015); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2015); Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2014); Performa13, New York (2013); Focal Point Gallery, Southend, UK (2013); David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2012); The Tanks at Tate Modern, London in conjunction with the Chisenhale Gallery, London (2012) and the Royal Academy of Arts, London (2012). Peake also DJs under a pseudonym and runs a record label imprint called Hymn.