Ernest Edmonds was born in London in 1942 and, although he had already taken up painting as his main occupation, studied Mathematics and Philosophy at Leicester University. He has a PhD in logic from Nottingham University.
His art is in the constructivist tradition and he concentrates on systems, structures and computation. His work explores the implications of computational concepts for art practice in a number of dimensions, using computers, communications and procedural methods. He also collaborates on audio-visual performances. He first used computers in his art practice in 1968 and first showed an interactive work, with Stroud Cornock, in 1970. He first showed a generative time-based computer work in London in 1985. He has exhibited throughout the world, from Moscow to LA. The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, is collecting his archives within the National Archive of Computer Based Art and Design.
He has over 200 refereed publications in the fields of computer-based art, human-computer interaction and creativity. Artists Bookworks (UK) published his book “On New Constructs in Art” in 2005. Springer Verlag published his book “Explorations in Art and Technology”, authored with Linda Candy, in 2002. He is Professor of Computation and Creative Media at the University of Technology, Sydney Australia, where he runs a multi-disciplinary practice-based art and technology research group, the Creativity and Cognition Studios. In Sydney, he is represented by the Conny Dietzschold Gallery.
Ernest Edmonds was a pioneer in the development of practice-based PhD programmes. His early PhD students included Stephen Scrivener, Susan Tebby and Steve Bell. He co-founded the ACM Creativity and Cognition Conference series. He is Editor-in-Chief of Leonardo Transactions, MIT Press.