Peter Edwards (artist)

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Peter Douglas Edwards, (born 20 November 1955), is a British painter. Winner of the 1994 BP Portrait Award.

Early career[edit]

In 1980 he exhibited a small self-portrait in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. The painting was bought by the art collector, Sir Brinsley Ford.[1]

In 1986 his portrait of The Liverpool Poets was purchased by the National Portrait Gallery. His continuing involvement with the gallery and Robin Gibson[2] then 20th Century Curator (later Chief Curator) led to a major one-man exhibition and tour in the Gallery in April 1990 "Contemporary Poets", which consisted of 17 large canvasses of 20 poets, alongside a poem from each poet, numerous studies, and a series of Saturday morning readings from Seamus Heaney, Douglas Dunn, Charles Causley, Wendy Cope, and Craig Raine.[3]

On 30 July 1991, Bobby Moore unveiled Edwards' portrait of Bobby Charlton[4] in the National Portrait Gallery, Sponsored by British Gas plc, it marked the 25th anniversary of England winning the FIFA World Cup.[5] He later painted Ryan Giggs for the National Library of Wales.

In 1993 he exhibited in The Portrait Now show. In 1994 he won the BP Portrait Award[6] with Portrait of an Artist's Model (of Marguerite Kelsey).[7] She had been the model of choice, in the inter-war years, for many leading artists, including Meredith Frampton.[8] This award led to his commission to paint Kazuo Ishiguro, which was unveiled the following summer in the National Portrait Gallery by Ismail Merchant.

Public collections[edit]


  • The National Portrait Gallery Collection, 1988. Page 203 colour illustration The Liverpool Poets Oil on canvass, 175.9 x 237.5 By Peter Edwards, 1985 (5853) ISBN 0-904017-89-3
  • Contemporary Poets, Portraits By Peter Edwards, A National portrait Gallery Exhibition, 1990. "Foreword" by Robin Gibson Curator 20th Century Collection. ISBN 0-85514-031-4. view
  • The Portrait Now, National Portrait Gallery, 1993. Page 52. ISBN 1-85514-098-5
  • drawings paintings and sculptures, the catalogue. Published by the museums and galleries of Northern Ireland. ISBN 0-900761-38-5. Page 247 Portrait of Michael Longley b.1939 (1989–1990) U4825
  • Royal Academy Illustrated 1996, A Souvenir of the 228th Summer Exhibition. Page 10, Peter Edwards Self Portrait Oil 7 x 5 ins.


  1. ^ Ireland, George (1999-05-08). "Obituary: Sir Brinsley Ford". The Independent. London. 
  2. ^ Charles Saumarez Smith (2010-08-16). "Robin Gibson obituary | Art and design". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
  3. ^ "National Portrait Gallery Archive Catalogue". 1990-06-24. Retrieved 2014-08-20. 
  4. ^ MacPherson, Andrew (1999-09-12). "THE SITTER'S TALE: Sir Bobby Charlton". The Independent. London. 
  5. ^ "National Portrait Gallery - Portrait - NPG 6140; Sir Robert ('Bobby') Charlton". Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
  6. ^ "National Portrait Gallery - Portrait - NPG 6332; Kazuo Ishiguro". Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
  7. ^ Ormond, Richard (1995-03-10). "OBITUARIES Marguerite Kelsey". The Independent. London. 
  8. ^ "Website undergoing maintenance". Tate. Retrieved 2014-08-20. 
  9. ^ "National Portrait Gallery - Person - Peter Edwards". Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
  10. ^ "Work in Regress | Peter Edwards | Collection Database | Works of Art | The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York". Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
  11. ^ "Art Collections Online | National Museum Wales". Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
  12. ^ "National Museums Northern Ireland". Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
  13. ^ "Portrait of Principal Struther Arnott (1934–)". Scran. 1998-01-05. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
  14. ^ "History of the Collections". Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
  15. ^ "University of Warwick Art Collection - Artists - Peter Edwards". 2009-02-11. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
  16. ^ "Portrait of Douglas Dunn - Hull Museums Collections". Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
  17. ^ "Edwards, Peter « Moma Wales". Retrieved 2014-08-20. 
  18. ^ "Edwards, Peter « Moma Wales". Retrieved 2014-08-20. 
  19. ^ University of Sheffield (2013-01-02). "Can't find the page you're looking for? - News - The University of Sheffield". Retrieved 2014-08-20. 

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