Scottish Highlands based artist Mark Edwards brings his enigmatic White Wood to Catto Gallery

Mark Edwards, the fine artist living and working deep in the Scottish Highlands, returns to Catto Gallery with the exhibition of his latest series from ‘The White Wood’.

A modern master in a very British form of surrealism, Edwards paints graphic contemplative studies of characters and repeat motifs, captured within the hauntingly mesmeric landscape of The White Wood. His paintings have a timeless quality, transcending us out of real life.

In this new series, the bold compositions, the bowler-hatted gentlemen and recurring set of motifs of black crows, steam trains, empty buildings are at once enigmatic, ambiguous and even darkly comic. Who are these ambiguous gentlemen? How did they get there? What is their business in the wood?

For some of us this marks a return to the world of The White Wood (Catto Gallery 2012), for Mark Edwards it is a hauntingly enigmatic landscape he has spent the last seven years exploring.

For me The White Wood is to do with silence, memory, separation and things that I still don’t really understand, occasionally humorous yet sometimes disturbing. But where I once felt uncomfortable and tense, now I’m far more at home with the surreal and intangible.

The exhibition runs from 2nd to 21st October at the acclaimed Catto Gallery, Hampstead featuring 24 new original canvases from Mark Edwards. Join us for the opening night hosted by the artist himself on 2nd October.

For more information please visit Catto Gallery,

or to view a catalog of all available works please click here.