Kim Edwards is a renowned local artist, here in Suffolk. Kim is known for her landscapes and her skyscapes, as well as her print-works. I am very proud to be able to count Kim as a dear personal friend and it has been wonderful to watch her build her style, her reputation and her place in the art community, here on the east coast of Suffolk, since Kim moved to the county in 2009.
Here is an excerpt from Kim’s web site: Kim’s Web Site
“I paint with a wide variety of mediums on canvas, board and found objects and exhibited in the North East, London and Leeds during and after my degree course. After graduation I moved to Leeds to take a riverside studio with Leeds Art Space Society, where I was given the opportunity to hold a solo show at St Paul’s Art Gallery. Whilst in Leeds I was also an active member at The Pavilion Photography Centre an organisation that provided exhibition space, open access workshops and conference facilities specifically for women. Involved with all aspects of running the gallery and associated activities I was responsible for hanging shows by Rosy Martin and Sirkka Liisa Konttinen respectively and jointly organised a number of national events such as the ‘Women in Art for Change’ Conference that hosted debates and invited eminent speakers including Griselda Pollock.
I moved to Otley in 1992 and continued to paint with mixed media and watercolour selling work through several galleries in Yorkshire and from 2007 to 2010 joined an artist led group that run a program of quarterly shows at `The Gallery Upstairs` based in Grassington North Yorkshire. After attending a number of workshops at the Handprint Studio and attending an etching course at No6 Studio Pateley Bridge I bought a small press and now etch aluminum and make collagraphs, I recycle printing plates and also etch metal fragments to make 3D wall hung pieces.
In November 2009 I moved to Middleton, in the Coastal District of Suffolk, an area where I once lived as a small child, since the move I have participated in the Suffolk Open Studios and have been invited to show my current etchings at the Snape Maltings Gallery.” – Kim Edwards.
Over the years, I have learnt more about Kim’s work. I respect how much feeling she puts into her work and I appreciate how she responds to light, shadow, movement and form; all of which feature strongly in much of Kim’s work. In particular, I always feel moved by the sense of ‘mood’ conveyed and beautifully expressed in Kim’s work. Her landscapes often feature a very bold skyscape; sweeping the viewer up into her work.
Kim is both a Painter and a Printmaker. Despite her gentle humility, Kim has been known to run an occasional workshop or a lesson on printmaking, in particular. She will sometimes take part in the wonderful ‘Suffolk Open Studios’ season. When she does, this would give you a chance to pop along to Kim’s home studio and to see the setting in which Kim creates her artistry.
Excitingly, Kim is just in the throws of renovating and so she has just built a brand new studio. This beautiful venue, at home, offers fine views over the Suffolk landscape, the comfort of a wood burning stove and kitchenette plus considerable space for Kim to work on her projects. Kim also has ample space to take her turn to host an art group that she and some friends are developing; of which I am part. We call our little collective ‘The Art Shack’. The group meets monthly and the small group of members attend around other life commitments.
“I love to sit and watch, from the warmth indoors, over the fields to see the deer who come quite close to us.” – said Kim, when I asked her about aspects of her new studio that she is enjoying. “The veranda is going to be a great spot to sit and sketch from and the stove is making the studio so cosy that I can picture us being in here more than any other part of the property.’, she added. “I love this little bespoke window that we added to the back of the studio,’ Kim pointed to a beautifully placed window and smiles with a look of utter contentment.
I had spent time in Kim’s former studio and I found it like walking into a little house of treasures, as Kim would always have several pieces of work in development at any one time. She explained her processes beautifully and with the simplicity that anyone who has no idea how printmaking is achieved, can understand. Kim always makes her work and her processes accessible to anyone who has an interest. I look forward to seeing Kim’s work grow around her, anew, in her new studio.
You can view Kim’s work, on her web site; but do make a point of looking at her page entitled ‘Archive’, for much of Kim’s work is featured there. The link to Kim’s web site is below:
Kim is a regular feature with her work on display at Snape Maltings Gallery, at Snape, here in Suffolk. In 2016, I attended an exhibition of Kim’s work, at the highly renowned Snape Maltings Gallery. Kim usually has a couple of pieces on display, for sale, but this was a broader exhibition of Kim’s work. The exhibition ran from February 13th 2016 to 20th March 2016. It was a beautiful exhibition and there was much interest in Kim’s work. Kim has since exhibited in many venues around the county and her reputation is growing all the time.
Here are some photos from the 2016 launch event, at Snape Maltings Gallery:
You can learn more about the Royal Academy of Arts at the following link:
In her spare time, Kim enjoys horses; she and her partner have two horses and these have become a passion , alongside the art. Kim openly admits to feeling very nervous on the occasion of any private showing or launch event of her art work but, it has to be said, Kim makes a charming host, she is incredibly informative and delightfully open about her approach to her work.
Locally, Kim is an enthusiast of the work of Harry Becker and she most recently exhibited at Blythburgh Church, over summer, where the latest ‘Inspired by Becker’ exhibition was held. This is a regular feature in the local calendar and attracts a great deal of interest; with visitors coming from far and wide to see the exhibits.
If you would like to learn more about Kim and her work, do visit her website using the links above and why not drop Kim a message? I know that she will be delighted to speak with anyone who has an interest in her broad range of work.
(C) Dean G. Parsons. 2016 and updated 2019.