Edward Seago was born on the 31st March 1910. He was largely self-taught, although he did receive some guidance and training from Bertam Priestman, RA, and spent a short time undertaking evening classes at Norwich School of Art.
Seago spent much of the 1930s working with the touring circus and the ballet in London, recording the excitement and movement of the acts set before him. A number of books on both subjects, besides many paintings were completed to document this stage of his career. It was during this period that he had his first painting accepted by the Royal Academy for the summer exhibition.
He was commissioned in to the army during the Second World War and recorded the Italian campaign. On returning to London he exhibited a number of these works with Calnaghi, and had a sell out show. Calnaghi, to be followed by Marlborough Fine Art both enjoyed year on year of opening day sell out exhibitions.
His success is easy to understand when you look at his work, the paintings communicate with the audience, each brushstroke captures atmosphere with great sensitivity and sincerity. Highly regarded as a traditionalist, the inspiration for his landscape paintings comes from painters such as Boudin, Turner and Constable. His affection and understand of nature married with his total command of his craft, be it in oil or watercolour, provides a spontaneity that demands attention.
Seago traveled widely during his life capturing the light of countries such as Hong Kong, France, Sardinia, Italy, Morocco and Portugal. He was elected a member of the RWS in 1959. Sadly, he died in 1974 after a sudden illness.