Edward Povey was born in London, England in 1951, the only child of a merchant seaman and a seamstress. He studied at the Eastbourne College for Art and Design in England and at the University of Wales in North Wales. 1972-1978
Between 1975 and 1981 he came to the attention of the British media as a muralist, completing 25 internal and external murals up to five stories in height, in Israel, Wales and England.
Between 1983 and 1988 he painted and studied symbolism on the Caribbean island of Grenada, and learned under the Danish architectural abstractionist Paul Klose, and the art dealer Jan de Maere in Brussels. From 1991 he showed with John Whitney Payson in New York beside Paul Cadmus, Jack Levine and Michael Bergt and successively with galleries in The Hague, Paris, Los Angeles, San Fransisco, New Orleans, West Palm Beach and London, up to the present.
In 2008 he was proposed for a knighthood for his contribution to art in Britain by the Chancellor of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and others. In 2019 the British Library documented his career for the nation. In 2012 the Museum of Modern Art in Wales published a biography of Povey’s life and work up to that point.In 2018 Povey studied Raphael’s Ansidei Madonna in the National Gallery in London, using Ghiotto’s and Raphael’s Verdaccio palette for his new paintings which he termed Emotional Realism. Between 2019 and 2023 Povey appeared in many publications and interviews in Spain, Poland, the United States, Egypt, England, Italy, France and Brazil.
His paintings hang in museum collections, private and corporate collections in thirty countries. Since 2021 he has shown with Waterhouse & Dodd in New York. His current Solo Exhibition: “HUMAN”, 5th October – 3rd November 2023. 15 East 76th Street, New York, NY 10021. T: 212 717 9100. Edward Povey is currently beginning a new collection of paintings in his studio in the Devon countryside of England.