Starry, starry Toon…
You can always tell Jim Edwards’ work because his paintings seem to have an inner glow. It’s as if he’s dipping his brushes in bottled lightning. And it’s little wonder that his unique take on local views have found such favour with art lovers in the north-east because he gives them the kind of vibrancy which we all know is a big part of what makes the region so special. From Hadrian’s Wall to Craster, Holy Island to Cragside, he has found a new way of looking at some of the most iconic views around. (He also has a keen eye for a good pub too with the likes of The Free Trade and The Cumberland Arms all being given the Edwards treatment). They’re not studies from life – and he doesn’t try to capture a particular viewpoint. Instead he uses a combination of imagination and selective memory to help him create his startling compositions. Certain structures may be forgotten, or simplified, in order to create a personal view. And his love of architecture also informs his more abstract pieces, which seem to fizz off the canvas. You can find his studio/gallery in the creative Ouseburn quarter of Newcastle – which is a great showcase for his latest paintings and limited edition prints – or you can check out his stuff online. Here you can purchase original work and prints, as well some quite dazzling cards.
Jim Edwards Studio Gallery, 59 Lime Street, Ouseburn, Newcastle, NE1 2PQ. Open: Tuesday-Friday, 10am-4pm, weekends by appointment. Last open weekend before Christmas, 21 and 22 December, 11am-5pm. jimedwardspaintings.com