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BIO
Edwin began his degree in 1991 at the Canberra School Art as part of a general intake, and later was accepted into Sculpture after the first semester, but quickly changed after only two weeks in Sculpture into Painting workshop. During Edwin's second year, travelled with architecture students from Canberra, Sydney and Adelaide on a trip across Australia, from Sydney to Broome in a trip called the 'Great divide'. This trip provided a brief overview of much of Australia's outback wilderness, including the Sturt and Strzelecki deserts and the Kimberly region. In third-year Edwin changed his major coarse study from Painting to Drawing Department to follow a more heart felt and organic approach to Art's making in Petr Herel's Graphic Investigation Workshop. He made an Artist book while in Graphics, which is now the collected by the Australian National University. Whilst in Graphic Investigation Edwin went on a student exchange to the Czech Republic in 1994 and studied at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts for seven months. Where he studied under Professor Vladimir Kokolia, who also shared Edwin's interested in Taoism and internal Kung Fu. Among the most influential Prague experiences, was the paintings of Michael Ranny. However, the influence of Rainy's abstract landscape was not to appear in Edwin's work until his professional independent Art's practice in Melbourne after his degree. Most of Edwin's work in Prague centred on a very rigorous life drawing that was available in Prague. The Czech Republic is culture stepped in Romantism, and Edwin's absorption surfaced more coherently after his return to Australia. His graduating work of dark engraving/mono prints 1995-6 reveals the simulation of the Prague experience and own personal interest in Romantism in general. Immediately after Art school, Edwin moved to Melbourne and after a short break of a few years continued to make art. His has had studios in Degraves street Melbourne CBD, East St Kilda, Clifton Hill (Parslow street studios), East Brunswick and western suburbs of Melbourne. During 2005-6 Edwin exhibited through the commercial gallery Scott Liversey. However financial problems forced a break from art making, and Edwin was only able to maintain his drawing skills through the practice of life drawing, and did not exhibit paintings again until 2012 where he showed at an independent artist run gallery. Edwin moved back to Canberra in 2012 in preparation for a sea’s extended stay in Japan. He exhibited again in 2014 in Queanbeyan NSW, a town close to Canberra before enrolling in a TESOL course in order to sustain himself in Japan. He hopes to continue his arts practice in Japan at some stage in the future.