Gareth Edwards

Gareth Edwards studied at the University of London and Goldsmiths College. He is a member of the RWA and the Newlyn Society of Artists and has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the UK and Europe most recently at Newlyn Art Gallery and Lemon Street Gallery in Truro where his major solo show Oceanography was a huge success.

This  July he starts his Italian residency in Farindola in the Abruzzo region having  been awarded  FIAF LIBERO international Arts of Italy prize.  In February and March he will he working on the lower edge of the Arctic circle above Pouch Cove in Newfoundland with a residency organised by the James Baird Gallery in Canada.

Gareth works in the famous Porthemor studios in St Ives once inhabited by Patrick Heron and Ben Nicholson.   The clear light pours in straight off the ocean which surrounds the small peninsular of land. As a child he was given an encyclopedia which contained a picture of a huge tidal wave. The terror of this image never left him and years later drew him back to an intensely personal, mediative, relationship with the sea.

His recent work is a reflection on, the immensity of the ocean and the blurring of boundaries between land and sky to create an enveloping experience.   He conjurs a reductive but shifting, changing landscape, where spaces open and close as if in a mist and the horizon shimmers elusively barely delimitating the gap between land and sky. The paintings open a vast interior space of emotional possibilities the ego diminished by the all encompassing elements.

 

 

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