Since its establishment in 1984, the Charles Nodrum Gallery’s exhibition program embraces a diversity of media and styles - from painting, sculpture & works on paper to graphics and photography; from figurative, geometric, gestural, surrealist & social comment to installation & conceptually based work.
— Biography of Edwin Tanner
The Tanner family emigrated to Australia from Wales in 1923 when Edwin was 3 years old. He begun studying practical engineering and worked extensively in the field for many years across Australia. At age 31 he begun night classes in Fine Art at Hobart Technical College and exhibited his forst work with the Contemporary Art Society in Sydney and Melbourne in 1954 before graduating two years later. On of his paintings was purchased in 1954 by the National Gallery of Victoria; a sign from the then director Daryl Lindsay of Tanner’s potential as a talented young artist. He continued to work as an engineer and exhibit his work for the rest of his life with prominent galleries such as the Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne, Rudy Komon in Sydney, Bonython Gallery in Adelaide and Powell Street in Melbourne.
In 1980 he died suddenly of a brain tumour. His work continues to be shown, particularly at the Charles Nodrum Gallery,
His painting draws heavily from his work as an engineer, as well as from an interest in music and script of all sorts. He works in numerous mediums; oil and acrylic on linen, pastel and pencil on paper, as well as PVA and objects on board.