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Mark Edwards The White Wood


Mark Edwards – The White Wood Born in 1951, Mark Edwards went to study at Medway College of Art, followed by Walthamstow College of Art in London. Keen to begin his career as an artist, he left education and began exhibiting at local galleries, whilst teaching drawing and illustration. In 1974, Mark and his wife, Sally, made a spontaneous decision to buy a 1958 Ford Prefect for £25 and drive to the Highlands of Scotland, where they rented an old run-down shepherd’s cottage on the shores of Loch Hope. With no electricity or phone until 1984 they lived in their remote cottage for 28 years, raising their three children. In this stunning and isolated environment, Mark’s artistic ideals thrived, and he found considerable success as both a painter of countryside pursuits and as an illustrator of book covers for a wealth of eminent authors such as Michael Morpurgo, Kingsley Amis and Philip Pullman. In 2007, however, inspired by a 1950s photograph of the reflection of a man in a window on a busy New York street and dressed in a bowler hat and coat, he began painting a similar character within a snowy wood. Enduring tension and mystery were created in this body of work, and thus the ‘White Wood’ series of paintings was born. Curious, intriguing, enigmatic, occasionally haunting and always mysterious, these paintings and their unidentified characters in Homburg hats and black overcoats drive the observer to ask questions to which there will never be an answer, wonder at the coats hanging from the trees, the shadows of no-one there, the isolated building, the solitary red balloon, and just to accept the enigma. Deeply textured, these paintings can elicit a profound effect at both a visual and emotional level. The White Wood made its debut appearance in 2008 and Red Rag Gallery is delighted to present a continuation of this marvellous body of work.

Cover Image - Waiting for their Decision (detail) - 12 x 16 inches


Mark Edwards The White Wood 30 October - 14 November 2021 All work is for sale on receipt of this brochure. Open every day from 10 am.


The Crash 12 x 12 inches

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A Silent Moment 12 x 12 inches


Enjoying the Fire 16 x 20 inches

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Waiting at the Fire Pit 16 x 16 inches

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The Fire Starter 16 x 16 inches

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Fire in the Window 16 x 16 inches

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Three Men, Two Fires and a Train 24 x 24 inches 9.


Finding the Way Out 12 x 12 inches

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Cloud Watchers 12 x 12 inches


The Red Balloon 12 x 16 inches

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Discussing Terms 16 x 16 inches

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Meeting at the Path 24 x 24 inches 13.


Waiting for their Decision 12 x 16 inches

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Runaway Train 24 x 24 inches 15.


The House 12 x 12 inches

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Going to the Wood 12 x 12 inches


Saying Goodbye to their Brother 24 x 24 inches 17.


Man Standing Very,Very Still 15 x 22 inches

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Two Trains and a Hot Air Balloon 32 x 32 inches

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Talking to his Friend 16 x 16 inches

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Waiting for the New Arrivals 24 x 24 inches 21.


Red Scarf Following Red Balloon 12 x 12 inches The Private Meeting 16 x 16 inches

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Watching his Neighbour 24 x 24 inches 23.


Stopping to Watch 15 x 22 inches

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