Ed Drew grew up in Brooklyn, New York City and joined the military a month after his completion of high school. He spent the next 6 years in the active duty Air Force, from 1999 to 2005, as a jet engine mechanic. His tour of duty began in Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, and in 2001 he was reassigned to Yokota Air Base near Tokyo, Japan until the end of his enlistment. It was while in Japan he discovered his passion for art and an artistic aesthetic derived from the Japanese culture.
After leaving Japan and active duty, he relocated to Germany where he lived for 3 years. He travelled across much of Western Europe and parts of Eastern Europe, further developing his artistic style. In the summer of 2008 Ed finally returned to America, after a 7 year absence, and, shortly thereafter, enlisted in the Air National Guard.
Ed Drew currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he attends San Francisco Art Institute full time, pursuing a BFA in Sculpture with a minor in Photography, studying under photographer Linda Connor and sculptor John Roloff.
He also serves in the California Air National Guard as an Aerial Gunner, a defensive heavy weapons and tactics specialist, on Combat Search and Rescue special operations helicopters. This highly skilled branch of the military works in more of a specialized capacity than conventional military forces.
The contrast of attending art school and his military job gives him a unique perspective from which to create work. His most recent body of work focuses on USAF combat search and rescue.