Enigmatic paintings by Mark Edwards on show at Catto

A new show of paintings by artist and illustrator Mark Edwards opens at Catto Gallery in London today. Titled The White Wood, the works are set in a snowy landscape, with a number of enigmatic figures wandering in the woods...

Edwards's artworks draw comparisons with masters such as L S Lowry and Edward Hopper, and, with his penchant for bowler hats, Magritte too. This is his second show at Catto, and these new works are a continuation of The White Wood series, which Edwards has worked on for the past seven years. "For me, The White Wood is to do with silence, memory, separation and things that I still don't really understand," he says, "occasionally humorous yet sometimes disturbing." A selection of works from the show are below:

Alongside his personal work, Edwards is a prolific book cover illustrator, having provided imagery for authors including Kingsley Amis, Michael Morpurgo and Philip Pullman. Below are works he created for books by Humphrey Carpenter, P R Morrison, and Douglas Kennedy.

Cover for Geniuses Together by Humphrey Carpenter

Cover image for The Windtamer by P R Morrison

Cover image for Chasing Mammon by Douglas Kennedy

The White Wood is on show at Catto Gallery until October 21. For more info visit or