Edward Povey

FAUX design & notes
FAUX design & notes
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De Quincey
48 x 60"
Tea Cup
Tea Cup
23" x 23"
Moab
46 x 56"
Polka Dot Cups
Polka Dot Cups
21" x 23"
Becoming Men and Women
Becoming Men and Women
40" x 30"
Gathering (What You Love)
Gathering (What You Love)
14" x 12"
Heresiarch
48 X 60"
Lipstick
Lipstick
26" x 24"
Little Red Pot
Little Red Pot
16" x 21"
Liar
Liar
20" x 18"
Borge's Regret
56 X 50"
Random Selection
Random Selection
16" x 12"
Candy Dish
Candy Dish
19" x 21"
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FAUX composition calcs
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Prussian
Prussian
20" x 20"
Leibniz's Continuty
48 x 60"
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FAUX color calcs
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Pinocchio*
Pinocchio*
24" x 20"
Faux*
Faux*
60" x 38"
Complications
Complications
20" x 24"

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.