John Edwards (1938-2009) was a well-known painter, sculptor, printmaker and teacher, born in London. He studied at Hornsey College of Art 1953-56 and 1958-60, with a period of service in the RAF 1956-58. In the early 1960s John Edwards taught at Brighton College of Art and Leeds University Institute. After a British Council Scholarship took him to Belgium in 1963-1964, Edwards embarked on a busy teaching career which included periods at Chelsea and Brighton and St Martin's School of Art, where he was senior lecturer in painting. In the mid 1970s he taught at a number of American Colleges and was artist-in-residence at Syracuse University, New York. He took part in many group exhibitions and from 1967 had extensive solo shows at the Rowan Gallery, London. In 1979 a Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic Art Gallery Show toured England. His work is held in a number of public collections including Government Art Collection, The Arts Council, The British Council, Bradford Museums & Galleries, The Fitzwilliam Museum, and University of Salford.