David J. Edwards was born in Essex, England in 1944 and emigrated to Canada in 1957, residing first in Toronto and moving to Calgary in 1960. Now residing near Vancouver, British Columbia. Early influences on his style and career included John Constable. This influence may still be seen in his large landscapes of rounded trees and powerful cloudscapes.
Later, the work of the late French minimalist Nicolas De Stael played the most significant role in Edwards' development as a painter. He was profoundly moved by the manner in which De Stael was able to use subtle changes in colour values and textures to shape his paintings rather than relying on detail. Edwards' landscape paintings are abstracted to simple forms relying on texture and tonal variations to create drama.
His still-life and flower works are painted with a palette knife and sometimes brush in acrylic either on canvass or panels. He builds the shapes of the abstracted flowers, not being at all concerned with the type of flower, by layering subtle changes in tone and colour value, creating his unique style of still-life. Most landscapes are painted with a brush although occasionally a palette knife may be used for effect.
Edwards' paintings may be found in many corporate and private collections across the world.
He has had a number of solo and group exhibitions in Canada and the USA.
He is a member of Landscape Artists International and the International Society of Acrylic Painters.