Edwards is an award winning contemporary land and seascape painter and Academician of the Royal Academy West of England and member of the Newlyn Society of Artists. A graduate of University of London and a post graduate of Goldsmiths College of Art, London, Gareth now lives and works in St. Ives, Cornwall. The focus of 26 solo exhibitions in his career, Edwards comes to Stratford for his first exhibition in the region amid great excitement and anticipation by The Stratford Gallery.
Edwards’ work presents us with destinations of intrigue and wonder. Destinations that yield unconscious details of the journey that has been undertaken to reach them. His richly adorned canvases create a sensory and almost transcendental reaction to the subject and surface of his works. Both subject and surface pull us in, create questions and cross boundaries. They ask us about our own understanding of the here and now, what we see to be real and what is perceived from experience and memory.
Materially, Edwards’ work is rich with surface texture as he works urgently to capture the energy of conscious and unconscious inspiration. Scraping, scratching, fluidly moving paint and making marks, his paintings urge you to touch them as they build a desire to experience them with more than sight alone. Thick build ups of paint on the edges of many of his works tell the story of their creation and blur the boundary between their starting point of creation and the uncertain ending to the pieces. Signposts to the individual work’s journey and your decision about the path that was taken to get there.
Whilst the energy of each piece is truly remarkable, knowledge of Edward’s process, a painstaking and time consuming quest to craft the representation of his mind’s eye, each painting leaving his studio is the product of a carefully considered relationship with the work but also bears the hallmarks of tension between artist and material, chance and control.
Gareth Edwards was born in London in 1960 and now works and lives in St.Ives, painting from the famous Porthmeor studios.