John Edwards was born in Truro. Little is known of his early life. He was described in 1963 as a company director, and it is believed he was a self-taught artist.

In 1956 he married Stella Mary (nee Harding) who had been divorced from her first husband, Percy Leonard Craig. The wedding took place in Devon, their home during the 1960s. They were both active artists who became members of STISA (Stella, who used the name Yram ALLETS, in 1959, and John in 1960). Sometime in the 1970s the couple moved from Pathfinder Village in Devon to St Ives, Cornwall. 

In 1996 they worked from 'Edwards Studio' which was situated in the High Street, St Ives. Both John and Stella Edwards are listed in the 2004-2005 Electoral Register as residing in Carbis Bay.

John Edwards died in St Ives in 2009.

The above information was kindly provided in 2024 by a correspondent in the USA.


A correspondent (2012) has told us of an original painting purchased in approximately 2000 by him and his wife from the Porthminster Gallery, St Ives, signed by John Edwards, of St Ives Harbour and the harbour wall. The following year, they purchased another from the same gallery, being a long distance view of St Michael's Mount and the village of Marazion.

In 2011, two Cornish paintings (landscape, one of a view of St Michael's Mount) were offered for sale by David Lay in his local/national art auctions, and earlier this year another signed original oil on board painting of the Cornish Countryside was offered on Ebay auctions as by the 'St Ives Artist John Edwards'.  

2015: A new correspondent writes: `I have a palette knife oil painting of china clay heaps, pond, cottages, and road which was bought in Exeter in 1965 as a 21st birthday present for me by my father, at a cost of £25. I still like it very much. I also inherited a small oil of Tintagel, looking out to sea with the castle in the background.'

2021: A correspondent tells us of an oil painting by this artist, Edge of Dartmoor, dated 1989, in his possession.


Painting in oils

works and access

Works incl:  St Michael's Mount; St Ives & harbour; Zennor (notified 2015 as going to sale); 


1960-1963: Edwards Gallery, Exeter

Work exhibited at Porthminster Gallery c2000


STISA (1960)


Correspondent (2012)

Auction records:  David Lay; Ebay