Arvon Edwards
b.1929 - d.1997

Arvon Edwards was born in Bangor, Caernarfonshire (today known as Gwynedd). He attended Friars Boys Grammar School before becoming a clerk in the old Midland bank in Penmaenmawr, Conwy.

He left to go to art school in London and then joined the Metropolitan Police Force. Dissatisfied with his police studies and art school Arvon left but was soon called up for National Service and joined the Royal Air Force.

It was at this time that his art very much became a hobby. After being demobbed, Arvon returned to North Wales and took a number of jobs which revolved around his love of engineering, an aspect which would be reflected in his work.

In 1952, Arvon married Violet (nee Morgan), living in Y Felinheli and Bangor. They had three children.

Arvon became a careers officer. A role he would continue with until his retirement due to heart problems. He was a member of the Penrhyn Choir and again this was another aspect which would be reflected in his work, producing work capturing the churches where his and the choirs singing could be heard.

After his retirement, Arvon dedicated more time to his art and completed works which demonstrated his love of engineering and the place he was from and would visit, capturing everything from the railways and the trains and people that filled them, to the bridges and the ships that sailed past. His work was also to capture both the rural and urban landscapes of the places he visited and knew.

Exhibited in his lifetime, Arvon sadly passed away on the 30th of November 1997 due to cancer. He was 68 years old. He has left a legacy and a unique view of west North Wales within his work.

St. James Church, Upper Bangor

SS Great Britain

Menai Bridge with sail boats

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