“The landscape has been the source of my work…The work places itself somewhere between a modernistic reliance on the essential qualities (of the materials and methods of painting), and an awareness of traditional forms of the landscape. I use this as a departure point, for entering into a process of layering and rubbing back, setting up a dialogue between myself, the medium and the landscape. The work becomes a result of reacting to what is happening on the surface at the time, and building on chance effects that present themselves, contributing to a sense of space, distance and movement.” (1)
“Edwards’ childhood was spent in the countryside of the Canterbury Plains of the South Island, New Zealand - this is where his inspiration comes from for the calmly observed, sweeping landscapes and the fleetingly ephemeral sky/cloud studies. His paintings possess an atmosphere of gentle melancholy. Simon's work shows an abiding concern for the master painters of the past; his sky studies owe a debt to Constable, while the landscapes show a keen awareness of the landscape art of the 19th century Romantic painters. His paintings, while seemingly representational of actual places, are more often than not ‘imaginative’ scenes built from fragments of memory or a part of a landscape, even a photograph – although they nevertheless have a strong sense of place.” (2)
Simon Edwards was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1975. He gained a Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts, in 1997. Edwards has been nominated for numerous honours, placing as a finalist in the 1997 Cranleigh Barton Drawing Awards. In 2005 he was the recipient of the “People’s Choice Award” in the prestigious Anthony Harper Art Prize. Edwards lives and works in Christchurch and is represented in numerous New Zealand collections, including the Christchurch Art Gallery.
1. Simon Edwards, Artist Statement.
2. Art Source (2015). Simon Edwards. Retrieved from http://www.artsource.co.nz/simon_edwards.htm