While ‘Harmony’ is currently on display here at the Strand gallery, we have been looking at inspiring artists whose realistic paintings combine a mixture of bold colours and character. Today’s Spotlight falls on American artist Michael Ward who first started painting in the 1980’s. He is a self-taught painter and most of his work is based on photographs taken and collected by him over the years.
Ward finds inspiration in artists such as Edward Hopper, Charles Shoeler and Richard Este. Like Toni Silber-Delerive and Leslie Graff, Ward’s work is about looking for meaning in everyday things or places that we usually take for granted. His paintings, that look as realistic as photographs, enable his audience to find meaning in the ordinary and the familiar.
Michael Ward’s paintings have been displayed in numerous exhibitions and galleries in Los Angeles, California and elsewhere. He is currently working on a new series of paintings of houses that explore concepts of both the intimate and shared themes of memory and experience. For more information visit his website here.
Come and visit our current exhibition ‘Harmony’ by Denise Hamilton and Nuray Yigiter which will be on display until the 24th of November.