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A brief introduction on the late Michael B. Edwards d. 2009
A leading painter of marine and landscape subjects, Michael Edwards enjoyed considerable success having exhibited in leading galleries in England and Wales and won several prestigious prizes for his work.
Michael painted predominantly in oils but also used acrylics and watercolours. His subjects were Marine, seascapes, river, lakes, harbours and boats and landscapes, mainly in the West Country, Wales, Venice and Cornwall. His paintings developed in a bolder and more impressionist manner. Using large square brushstokes, Michael's latter work combined strong elements of representation with a pattern of light and colour which emphasised key aspects of the paintings design and subject matter.
The later paintings of Michael's retained the artist's skills in drawing and composition and displayed a knowledge of the subject matter, whether it be marine, landscape, still life or figure work.
Over the years Michael had published three books and numerous articles in magazines in the UK and overseas. He lived for many years in Gloucestershire near the River Severn at Rodley with his wife Sybil.
Michael Edwards had over sixteen years experience as a successful professional painter and established a considerable reputation for his work. Initially he ran holiday courses in the Cotswolds and wrote two instructional books, 'Painting Towns and Cities' and 'Painting Water' both for the publisher David & Charles. Before his untimely death in 2009 he had painted entirely for exhibitions and galleries and his work is now in many collections in the UK and overseas.
For several years Michael had exhibited with the Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA) and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI), he had won two prizes at the ROI and one at the Artists Magazine competition for professional artists at Patchings Art Fair. He belonged to two painter groups, the Dobunni Painters, five professional artists who paintedin the West Country and the Bristol Savages. He was also President of the cheltenham Art Club.
The Gallery, Cirencester 2001 - 2004
The Old Vicarage Gallery, Bisley, Glos 1994 -2005
The Long Curve Gallery, Chipping Campden 2004
Martin's Gallery, Cheltenham 2006-2007
The George Gallery, Newnham on Severn 2008
The Applestore Gallery, Brockhampton 2008
Gallery LeFort Fine Art, Bath 2008-2009
The Albany, Cardiff 2003- 2006
The Red Rag, Stow on the Wold 2004 - 2008
The Dobunni Artists Group 1998-2008
(5 artists who show in the Cotswolds)
Bristol Savages Annual Exhibition 1992- 2008
Professional Societies, London
Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI) 2001-2008
Prize winner 2001 and 2004
Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA) 1992 - 2008 Regular Exhibitor
Other Galleries Group Shows
Walker Galleries, Harrogate
Clifton Gallery, Bristol
Oberon Art, Burnham High Street
Fusion Gallery, Wotton-Under-Edge
Peter Hedley, Wareham
Sadler Street Gallery, Wells
Rowley Contemporary Art, London