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Edwin Tanner

Edwin Tanner was born in Wales in 1920, migrating to Australia at age nine. At sixteen Tanner completed a course in higher mathematics, then went on to study structural and civil engineering, as well as training in carpentry and as a civil pilot. Tanner had a successful professional career, and in 1955 decided to concurrently study art at the Hobart Technical College.

After this point he maintained the two professions, while also studying philosophy. His paintings show the influence of his earlier career – Tanner has been described as a ‘mathematical expressionist’ due to his use of geometric lines and depiction of technical forms.

Tanner’s work was regularly exhibited in both Sydney and Melbourne. Ten years after his death, in 1980, a retrospective exhibition was organised at the Monash University Gallery. His works are included in the collections of all state galleries and a number of important public and private collections.