This March sees the first solo exhibition of Gareth Edwards, RWA, NSA at McAllister Thomas Fine Art in Godalming.
OCEANOGRAPHY is a new body of work which will form part of an ongoing series and is largely made up of contemporary seascape paintings in a traditional format of oil on canvas.
Gareth Edwards explains that “In recent years my work has slowly evolved from abstraction toward a more specifically landscape based approach (including seascape).
My paintings remain open and free with abstracted elements but are now more spatial and elemental. Each painting will evoke emotional weathers and poetic atmospheres as much as topological features.
Each painting starts life as a drawing in a sketchbook which acts as a 'draft' for the subsequent painting that evolves in the studio over the following weeks and months.”
Gareth’s studio is based in the famous Porthmeor Studio block next to the Tate Gallery in St.Ives Cornwall on the beach and was once occupied by such luminaries as Patrick Heron and Ben Nicholson.
“Daily walks along the beach beside the huge, curling, clear waves and prodigious ingestions of knowledge - freshening sea breeze and ozone provide a constantly inspiring background to the paintings being developed in the studio,” Gareth continues.
“Contemporary Landscape painting has it's doubters and detractors but I believe it remains full of potential, a contemporary exertion of natural forces and spaces that may be at odds with a London-centric urban obsessed media but not with the heritage of Constable and Turner and certainly surely still viable with all those who recognise the power and beauty and grace of nature and humanity's relationship with it.”
Gareth Edwards paintings are collected internationally and he has taught at Chelsea College of Art, John Moores University at Liverpool, Coventry University and Falmouth College of Art.
The exhibition of paintings will run from 21st March until the 7th April 2015. For further information and to receive an exhibition catalogue please contact the gallery.