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Michael Ward

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Alberts1200
Rollin' Down Pico, 2008 Acrylic On Canvas 30 X 40 © © Michael Ward 2008
Panama1500
Evelyn's New Panama, 2007 Acrylic On Canvas 24x30 © © 2007 by Michael Ward
Riviera1000
Riviera Parking, 2008 Acrylic On Canvas 24x30 © © 2008 by Michael Ward
Domestic2400
Domestic, 2007 Acrylic On Canvas 30 X 48 © © 2007 by Michael Ward
Alberts1200
Rollin' Down Pico, 2008 Acrylic On Canvas 30 X 40 © © Michael Ward 2008
Alberts1200
Rollin' Down Pico, 2008 Acrylic On Canvas 30 X 40 © © Michael Ward 2008
Kingdom_1600
The Kingdom of Heaven , 2008 Acrylic On Canvas 24 X 36 © © 2008 by Michael Ward
Kingdom_1600
The Kingdom of Heaven , 2008 Acrylic On Canvas 24 X 36 © © 2008 by Michael Ward
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Million Article Thompson, 2006 Acrylic On Canvas 18 X 24 © © Michael Ward 2006
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Pink, 2010 Acrylic On Canvas 24" X 30"
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Tire Sale Acrylic On Canvas 24" X 36"
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Contemporary Photography
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Pauline Boty, 13 January 1964 © Courtesy of the Artist and National Portrait Gallery
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Pink Apartment Acrylic On Canvas 18" X 24"
Quick Facts
Birthplace
Billings Montana
Birth year
1953
Lives in
Costa Mesa
Works in
Costa Mesa
Representing galleries
LAAA/Gallery 825
Statement
I began my artistic career doing pen and ink renderings of historical architecture. I began painting in 1980, first in gouache, then in acrylics. Artists whose work I admire and draw inspiration from include Edward Hopper, Charles Sheeler, Richard Estes and Vermeer. I am most interested in depicting what Alan Watts called the mystery of the ordinary; the workaday world we live in without seeing until we are forced to focus upon it, as in a painting. Nearly all my paintings are based on photographs I have taken, primarily of Southern California scenes, over the years. Though it was never my intention to depict nostalgic scenes, many of the images I have painted have disappeared or been radically altered in the ever-changing landscape that is Southern California. Thus nostalgia is thrust upon the works. But the distinctive light remains, which is what I attempt to capture in my painting. That, and the built environment that we humans inhabit, where nature manifests itself only in weeds and palms emerging from cracks in the hardscape, and the smooth blue sky. Phyllis Lutjeans, Museum Educator and former curator, has said of my work: “Although Michael Ward may be called a neo-realist painter his work can ultimately be described as abstract realism. The picture image is photographically realistic, but within the context of the painting his compositions are complex and almost abstract. Deciphering the work section by section one sees how a multitiude of individual complete compositions are put together to form the entire work. For me the viewer is confronted by a realistic image that puzzles us and clearly tells the story simultaneously.” As a painter, I am self-taught. In my day job, I work as an Art Director and Graphic Designer.
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