Norman Edgar was born in Paisley in 1948, and studied at the Glasgow School Art (1966-70) under David Donaldson. He later taught art himself, becoming a full-time painter in 1990.
Edgar’s style is spontaneous and painterly. His work is in the tradition both of late 19th century flower painters such as Fantin Latour and Manet, and of the Scottish Colourists. He paints with pure colour, sensitive to the nuances of reflected and refracted hues, but is not afraid to use the glossy blacks Manet employed.