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Cliff Edwards: The famous artist and educator from Harrow

The testament of an artist’s mastery is if they can provoke an emotional response through sheer observation — Mr Cliff Edwards’ painting of St Mary’s Church in Harrow on the Hill conjures a childish wonder in oneself.

His famous painting is of the iconic church steeple that looms over the Harrow borough, surrounded by the seasonal foliage leading into a golden field. The artist and educator, Mr Edwards, originally from Buckinghamshire, moved to London during his adolescence to hone his craft at The “UCL” University College London and Slade School of Fine Art.

At Slade, he also studied meditation before becoming a teacher and running a meditation centre in Harrow on the Hill. Towards the end of his degree, he explored environmental and philosophical concerns. He is also interested in Eastern and Western Philosophy, metaphysics and the world’s spiritual traditions.

He has presented visual lectures on themes such as “myths and symbols of evolution and the sacred art of Islam. Mr Edward’s work seems to be the clash between religion and nature. Perhaps, Mr Edwards is eluding to the necessity for harmony on our planet and facing the grime prosecuted of our morality and that we must reach a symbiosis to live freely.

Having travelled across many continents, gathering cultural knowledge and inspiration for his artwork along the way, he is exhibited at The Royal Academy and Piccadilly Gallery London. He has private collectors in the USA, UK and the Middle East. Mr Edwards has recently completed a book about the role of numbers, geometry and symbolism in nature art and architecture.

He married an interior designer, raised two children and is now a college lecturer involved in developing national art and design educational initiatives. Mr Edwards has many esteemed works of art showcasing Harrow, capturing its beauty in the process.