Born in London in 1951, Edward Povey began his career as a mural painter in Wales in the 1970s, whose art was followed by the BBC and the British press. He presented a complex character - fascinated by theater and circuses internationally, comfortable in media interviews, and yet paradoxically reclusive. He moved to an isolated studio on a Caribbean island in the 1980s where he researched symbolism.
He then studied color in Belgium and New York, and in the 1990's began exploring psychology in relation to art, in England and the USA. Edward's paintings grew darker, deeper and more convoluted, whilst BBC Director Pete Telfer began to film Povey's evolution, and Povey in turn was awarded large commissions by Universities, government bodies and film companies. Museums began to acquire his art, and by the year 2000 his art was in over 500 private, corporate and museum collections in 16 countries.
He has shown in New York with John Whitney Payson (of the Whitney Museum family), as well as in Brussels, The Hague, London, France, Los Angeles, Palm Beach and Scottsdale. In 2006 the British government proposed him for a knighthood for his services to the world of art. This was supported by the Chancellor of the School of the Chicago Institute of Art, who said of him: "Povey is an extraordinary figurative painter of great power, schooled in the classical traditions of brilliantly-crafted composition." Also the former head of the BBC said: “Edward Povey’s art communicates a very real message about the human condition." His collector, Actress Kate Mulgrew (Star Trek) said: “Povey’s art is a guileless diorama of a world which is complex, erotic, and drowning in shadows.”
He remains reclusive in a studio with his wife - the artist DL Tolar - now in Austin, Texas, where he continues to study and paint.