Iain Edwards was born in Heswall, Merseyside, in 1962. He studied at Wrexham College of Art, North Wales (1980-81), where he passed the foundation course with distinction and at West Surrey College of Art, Farnham (1981-84,) leaving with a BA Hons First Class degree. Edwards lives and works in London.
Iain Edwards has exhibited his work in Germany and France as well as in London and Edinburgh, mostly in group shows, and with a solo exhibition at the Concourse Gallery in Archway, London, in 1989.
His work is influenced by his daily encounter with the townscape of London docklands. His sculptures address the importance of craftsmanship and well-engineered architectural structures. However all of Edwards sculptures deliberately do not fulfill their inherent function to move or contain. This futility enforces the exposure of the sculptures fantastical elements and offers potential for alternatives. Edwards fascination and obsession with the construction of the wheel is a major feature of his work. This is made all the more potent due to his interesting ancestry as Edwards great grandfather emigrated from Germany in the nineteenth century, establishing a coach building company in Liverpool.