Tinsel Edwards (born 1979) is a British artist originating from Leamington Spa, England. She lives and works in London.
Edwards’ work is politically motivated and includes social commentary. There is usually an autobiographical element to her artwork – the subjects and themes she tackles often relate to her personal experiences. Her art has addressed a variety of themes including inequality, money, the art establishment, consumerism, hope, revolution and love, and more recently her work has explored the issues surrounding the housing crisis in London.
Edwards works predominantly with oil paint – her recent paintings depict gloomy interiors inspired by images in estate agent windows. Another aspect to her art practice is text. She often incorporates slogans, anecdotes and stories into her work, creating bold, graphic pieces inspired by traditional sign writing techniques and typography.
In 2015 Tinsel’s work was selected to be part of Banksy’s Dismaland in Weston-Super-Mare. Banksy is a collector of Tinsel’s work and previously invited her to take part in a Santa’s Ghetto exhibition. In 2016 Tinsel was invited to speak and exhibit work at The Art Conference in London, an event created by Tina Ziegler of the Moniker Art Fair. Her work was long listed artist for the 2016 John Ruskin Prize ‘Recording Britain Now: Society’. Tinsel has exhibited widely across the UK and in Germany, Austria, Poland and America. She has worked with Jealous Gallery, The Pure Evil Gallery, The Art Car Boot Fair and Galerie Michaela Stock in Vienna amongst others.