The Animal Handler
by Ben Edge

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Ben Edge studied at West Kent College and London Metropolitan University. Since graduating in 2008, his work has been seen in several group exhibitions in London.

The portrait is of Edge’s grandfather, Jed, who has a collection of exotic pets including snakes, lizards and spiders. Jed worked in Smithfield meat market for forty years, and also acted as an animal handler supplying snakes for adventure films. Edge says of his subject, ‘he has lived an extraordinary life and tells some of the greatest stories. This is what inspired me to make the painting.’

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