David Edwards was born in Essex, England in 1944 and immigrated to Canada in 1957. Now residing near Kelowna, British Columbia. Early influences on his style and career included John Constable and J. M. W. Turner. 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 impressed by the manner in which De Stael was able to use subtle changes in color 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 canvas 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 color 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.
David Edwards has had solo and group exhibitions in Vancouver, Whistler, Seattle, Charlotte, NC, Perth, Australia and others.Edwards’ paintings may be found in many corporate and private collections across the world.