Edward Beale was born in 1950 and lived and grew up in London. At the age of sixteen as a full-time student he studied Fine Art at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts. In 1976 he studied at the Royal Academy Schools where he won the Edwin Landseer Prize and the David Murray Travelling Scholarship on two occasions. Following his graduation from the Royal Academy he was offered a solo exhibition by Peter Greenham RA (1909 – 1902), the Keeper of the Royal Academy (1964 – 1985).
He later took part in ‘The Broad Horizon’ exhibition organised by The National Trust Foundation for Art in association with Agnew’s. The exhibition consisted of paintings of Trust properties. The painting Beale made of Corfe Castle was bought by a Canadian collector who commissioned Beale to make some paintings in Kenya.
Edward enjoyed subjects that were in his studio including still life studies and portraits as well as local locations around his Lambeth studio and along the Thames from Millbank to the Royal Docks. Edward worked in situ and subjects for his landscapes include the Western Isles of Scotland, the English countryside and southern France. He also travelled to work from the Outer Hebrides to the English countryside and southern France.
People talk about the power and energy in his landscapes and this is just as evident in his other work. His portraits, life studies and still lives are full of a sense of rhythmic movement.
David Lee, Editor of The Jackdaw commented on his show at Dean Clough "I thought the show was sensationally good especially the double squares. Really excellent work, superb pictures.”
It is not surprising that Edward Beale's paintings can be found in collections across the country and from the United States and Europe to Russia, India and China.