Monday 17 June 2019

Peter in conversation with Director Henrietta Boex about the painting of poets Peter Redgrove and Penelope Shuttle at the unveiling of the portrait in the in Falmouth Art Gallery and Library. They discussed his career as a figurative painter and how this portrait was created for his exhibition Contemporary Poets athe the National Portrait Gallery.

It joins the Charles Causley painting as the second work permanently on display in Cornwall. The Charles Causley painting is on display at Launceston Town Hall.



  Wednesday 21st November 2018

NEW BLOOD Recent Art Acquisitions 2014-2018 on show at the Ulster Museum from November 9th. Peter Edwards painting of Medbh McGukian, first exhibited in "Contemporary Poets" @nationalportraitgallery hanging next to the Edward McGuire portrait of Seamus Heaney, a painting I have long admired.

From left to right: Augustus John portrait of WB Yeats, mine of Medbh (pronounced Meave), McGuire of Heaney, Frank Auerbach Head of Julia, and Basil Blackshaw's painting of his dog "Gypsy.


  Wednesday 6th December 2017

Portrait of a surgeon: my good friend László Bucsi MD. PhD.
Head in Orthopaedics
Centre for Musculoskeletal Disorders and Trauma
St.George University Teaching Hospital
Székesfehérvár. Hungary.


  Monday 10 th July 2017

Detail from new portrait commission. Pastel on paper. Enquiries welcomed via Contact page.


  Wednesday 5th July 2017

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  Wednesday 12th April 2017

Peter catching up with his portrait of Kazuo Ishiguro, in the exhibition BP Portrait Award Commissions at the University of Hull Art. Click here for further information.


  Wednesday 2nd November 2016


Recent acquisition by the National Portrait Gallery. Click here!


  Saturday 29th October 2016


Eleanor 60x50 cm. one of 4 pastel portraits of the same family.


  Friday 13th November 2015

The unveiling of Mr David Jaffray in the lecture theater of RJAH Orthopedic Hospital Oswestry


  Thursday 22nd October 2015


Peter with curator Clare Mullett at the "Terms of Endearment" Exhibition at the Barber Institute , Birmingham University, in front of his portrait of Roger Burman. On until the 17th January 2015.


  Thursday 15th October 2015

Peter and Willy Russell in front of Peter's portrait of Willy on loan from the National Museums Liverpool to the Kirkby Gallery Knowsley. On until the 23rd January 2016.


  Monday 18th May 2015

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Peter's portrait of Willy Russell is to be loaned to The Kirkby Gallery to feature in this exhibition about the life and times of the great playwright


  Thursday 14th May 2015

From the archives my lightening sketch done in a Dubai School workshop in 1995 of a pupil who is now Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum.





  Wednesday 23rd June 2014


Launceston Food and Drink Festival

Make sure you try the Causley Ale, a 4.5% golden beer, brewed specially for the event by the multi award winning Penpont Brewery based in Altarnun. Available 10am to 10pm on Saturday, June 14th in Launceston town square.


  Monday 3rd June 2013


Charles Causley Festival 6 - 9 June


  Wednesday 8th May 2013


Bonhams New Bond St, London, May 8th 2013


  Friday 25th January 2013




  Monday 21st January 2013

Michael Winner 1935 - 2013


  Thursday 13th Decemeber 2012


44 paintings now listed on the Your Paintings website including this painting of John Elfed Jones (b.1933), President of University of Wales Lampeter, St David's University College (1992–1998). Date painted: 1998



  July 20th 2012

Portrait of Sorley MaClean on the cover of the 22 July issue of The TLS. The painting is now in the collection of, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Skye.





  17th July 2012

Unveiling of first Lady President of The Royal Society of Chemistry, Lesley Yellowlees at Burlington House.



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  Monday 28th May 2012

I.M. Peter Reading, 27 July 1946 – 17 November 2011


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  Monday 14th May 2012

Carol Ann Duffy. Evolution of a painting.


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  Monday 19th March 2012

The BBC Your Paintings website in partnership with the Public Catalogue Foundation is a new online link to thousands of paintings in the UK with high quality recently taken photography, as in the case of this 1989 portrait of Douglas Dunn, in the Ferens Gallery, Hull.




  Tuesday 31st May 2011

Hay on Wye

Hay on Wye


  Thursday 14th April 2011


  Wednesday 26th January 2011

Sir Harry Kroto

Sir Harry Kroto

Sir Harry Kroto





  Tuesday 25th January 2011

Sir Peter Middleton

Sir Peter Middleton

Sir Peter Middleton

Two recent portraits in different roles for Sir Peter Middleton. First as the dynamic Chaiman of Barclays Bank and second as wise Chancellor of Sheffield University 2010.


  Tuesday 13th April 2010

This self portrait 1985 (detail) is now in the collection of Turlough Montague.

Self Portrait 1985


  Tuesday 3rd March 2009

Joanna Trollope article in the London Evening Standard.

Ryan Giggs - Portrait


  Wednesday 10 December 2008

Ryan Giggs - Portrait

The National Library of Wales has recently bought a portrait of the Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs, by the artist Peter Edwards.

Giggs is one of Manchester United’s longest established players, having turned professional at United in November 1990, and has won 20 major trophies and awards with the club. Giggs also captained Wales, winning 64 caps for his country.

The portrait was painted in 2007 and shows Giggs the man rather than Giggs the footballer. Peter Edwards, the artist believes that the portrait shows a person with a lot of personal determination and special charisma.

Edwards is also famous for his portraits of another Manchester United icon Sir Bobby Charlton (The National Portrait Gallery), who sat for him in 1990 and the poet Seamus Heaney (National Portrait gallery).

  Friday 12 September 2008
Seamus Heaney Catalogue Cover

On Oct 3rd 2005 Bonhams held an Auction in thier New Bond street showrooms of the Roy Davids collection. Peter Edwards' head study for the large portrait in the NPG of Seamus Heaney (www.npg.org.uk) was used as the catalogue cover. It had a a sale estimate of £8,000.00 to £10,000.00. It sold for £13,800.00


Photo: Catalogue Cover
  Monday 21 April 2008

  Tuesday 25 March 2008


  Monday 14 January 2008

Painted in Sir Christopher's home in Woodstock over the winter of 2006/07. Unveiled in the Zeeman Building, Mathematics Institute, Warwick University, April 2007. Sir Christopher is one of the leading international figures in post-war mathematics and education.

Sir Christopher Zeeman FRS. Oil on Canvas, 2007 Warwick University Collection.


Painted in the Artists London studio on the Kings Road, Chelsea. Completed July 2007. John is a Poet, fly-fisherman and former UK Ambassador to the UN in New York. His brilliant first collection of poems "Chasing the Hoopoe" is published by Peterloo Poets.

Sir John Weston. Oil on Canvas, 2007. Private Collection

  Saturday 25 August 2007

An interview with Peter Edwards.

You can read the interview below.

Peter, your portrait of poet Wendy Cope features on the leaflet for the MOMA Festival, which runs from 19-26 August at MOMA, Y Tabernacl in Machynlleth, is any of your work on display there?

"The Wendy Cope is on display now until September, I'm not sure of the exact finish date. Nothing else of mine is showing, unless the portraits of Ruth Lambert or Sir Kyffin Williams, both in the permanent collection, are on display. You would have to ring them to find out."

On the poetry theme, I've also seen your work on a poster for an event called 40-Love, a tour in October to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the publication of the groundbreaking 1967 collection The Mersey Sound, an anthology of contemporary poetry from Merseyside.

"Yes, Roger McGough and Brian Patten are on a tour celebrating 40 years since The Mersey Sound was published. My large portrait of the original three, with the late Adrian Henri, which is part of the permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery, is being used on the flyers and the posters to promote the events. Adrian Henri, was a friend and an important figure in my work."

What have you been working on recently?

"On Thursday 26th July a dinner was given at Magdalen College Oxford in honour of Ahmed Zewail, Nobel winning scientist from Egypt, based in Caltech California. I sat on High Table the other side of the President, David Clary and his wife Heather, from Ahmed to whom I was not allowed to speak until after the speeches when he was presented with a charcoal portrait of him by me, funded by a Dutch science journal. During the meal my studies of Seamus Heaney and Erwin Schodinger were on prominent display and I realised my effort to get to Oxford through the floods was worth it as the President built his speech around the history of Magdalen (pronounced Maudlin) and latterly how they came to acquire the two Edwards' on display, teasing the audience as to the object under the cloth on the third easel! The unveiling was agreat success and Zewail suggested I travel to his home in Egypt to paint him there.

In my new London Studio I have finished my first portrait there of Sir John Weston, poet, diplomat, patron of the Arts . . . and fly-fisherman, he also retired this summer as Chair of Governors of Sherbourne School."

  Tuesday 26 September 2006

This bbc programme first broadcast September 24th is a good introduction to the The 60's poetry scene and in particular Adrian Henri, who was an friend and important figure in my work.


Study for Liverpool Poets 1983. Collection of Bel Mooney.

The Liverpool Poets. Collection National Portrait Gallery.

  Tuesday 19 September 2006

Peter attended the funeral service of Thanksgiving for the life and work of Sir Kyffin Williams RA on Monday the 11th September, 2006, at 11am in Bangor Cathedral. It was a beautiful late summer's morning. He made the tip by train from Gobowen catching the Cardiff - Holyhead train meeting up with Steve Brake, Denbighshire's Fine Arts Officer at Wrexham station. There was an introduction by the Archbishop of Wales, "Ave verum Corpus" by Mozart was sung by the Choir, followed by a tribute by Professor Derec Llwyd Morgan who Peter painted in 2004 for Aberystwyth University. The Marquess of Anglesey read 1 Corinthians 13, and Bryn Terfel sang "My Little Welsh Home" accompanied on the harp by Elinor Bennett.

Sir Kyffin Williams in his studio June 2003. Collection MoMA Wales.

Peter and Kyffin photographed outside Kyffin's studio overlooking the Menai Straits after the last sitting on the portrait taken by Robert Edwards.

  Monday 18 September 2006

Peter had lunch with Sir Bobby and Lady Charlton in the Board Room at Old Trafford before the 1.30 lunchtime kick off against Fulham on August 20th. Peter was commissioned by The National Portrait Gallery, London, to paint Sir Bobby Charlton in 1990. The commission sponsored by British Gas was the first painting of a footballer in the gallery's history. It was unveiled on the 30th July 1991 by Bobby Moore.

  Monday 18 September 2006

Independent.co.uk article.
THE SITTER'S TALE: Sir Bobby Charlton

Bobby Charlton and Bobby Moore

Bobby Moore and Bobby Charlton just after Moore's unveiling of the Edwards portrait on the 30th July 1991, commemorating the 25th anniversary of England winning the World Cup.


  Tuesday 27 June 2006

Grazia Magazine - Out Today!

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  Wednesday 21 June 2006

Daily Telegraph 19.6.06

  Wednesday 25 January 2006

Peter Edwards speaks of his experience as an artist with portraits in both the National Portrait Gallery and National Museums and Galleries of Wales collections.

The Talk will take place on the Friday 27th of January 2006 at 12:30

Talk at Bodelwyddan Castle with details of the painting "portrait of Tyrone O'Sullivan" which is in the National Museums and Galleries of Wales Collection on Cardiff.

  Friday 18 November 2005

Birmingham University Show - Portraits of Poets

3 October 2005 – 9 January 2006

The Rotunda, Aston Webb Building

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham

Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm.

Admission Free

Contact: University of Birmingham Collections 0121 414 6750

Dr James Hamilton, University Curator at the University of Birmingham has written a piece on Peter Edwards. You can read it in the Articles Section of this website.

  Monday 24 October 2005
Marguerite Kelsey

Peter Edwards's portrait of Marguerite Kelsey, a famous inter-wars years artist's model will be exhibited in the exhibition "OUT OF THE TOP DRAWER" at MOMA WALES:
7 November - 4 March

See link below the momawales website for more details. There is a statement about this painting written for the exhibition in the articles section.



Photo: Marguerite Kelsey, Oil on canvas, 2070x1358mm
  Saturday 22 October 2005

This is the entry form for the Wales Portrait Award, which has a detail from the painting "Girl on a bridge, Llangollen" by Peter Edwards. Collection Clwyd Fine Arts Trust. This is a new Biennale competition to encourage Welsh portraiture. Entries are invited from artists of any age working or born in Wales or depicting a Welsh subject. Peter will be one of the four judges.

For application forms, download from www.walesportraitaward.org

  Friday 8 July 2005
Roger Burman

Peter has agreed to have a show of work in Birmingham University, in September. This follows on from his portrait of former pro chancellor Roger Burman. details to follow.


Photo: Former Pro-Chancellor Roger Burman
  Tuesday 10 May 2005

On the evening of Tuesday 10 May 2005 Peter unveiled His portrait of The Great 20th Century Gaelic Poet Sorley Maclean in an evening of Gaelic poetry, song, and bagpipe music. This marked the handover of the painting into the ownership of The Sorley Maclean Trust (Urras Shomhairle) and its presentation to the Gaelic College on Skye (Sabhal Mòr Ostaig). The painting was originally part of The Contemporary Poets exhibition at the N.P.G. London.

Sorley Maclean

Photo: Left to Right Norman Gillies Director of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, and Renee Maclean, Sorley's widow.
  9th December 2004
The Machynlleth Tabernacle Trust have purchased "Sir Kyffin Williams" for the permanent collection of MOMA WALES.

The Sir Peter Middleton was unveiled on December 9th at the Tate.


     Links to other websites that include Peter Edwards work:

www.npg.org.uk - You can find more information on Peter Edwards on the National Portrait Gallery Website.

Willy Russell - 'Hoovering The Moon'
www.willyrussell.com - You can find a portrait of Willy Russell that was used as the cover image on his album 'Hoovering The Moon'.


     Links to other websites:

buddha34 - For travel photography, travel writing, photography commissions.


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