"Whenever an art career begins, a personal life ends. I have had studios in five beautiful countries, and I never once visited the sights in those places because I was always in my studio" Edward Povey, 2020
Edward Povey (b.1951) is a London-born painter who takes an intimate and vulnerable approach to painting. For decades his paintings were psychological and darkly personal akin to the works of Stanley Spencer, however his recent paintings, are more invasively emotional. They are founded on extensive periods of writing and evolution and the building of small interior stage sets replete with models. These life-size dioramas are then built into a Cubist perspective and worked towards typically dim and sensual scenes in which his figures appear as sleepwalkers, in a reverent distraction around tea tables suggesting a contemporized Raphael.