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Artist's statement.

While at art school and for a long time afterwards, I worked exclusively from direct observation, but eventually I found that this way of working didn't allow me to fully explore other ideas and themes that I wanted to discuss in my paintings and I began to develop my 'constructed ' work. These constructed paintings begin from a different premise, usually as a particular mood or as a set of emotions that I want to convey, whereas the work from direct observation are mainly concerned with formal ideas.

When I paint from direct observation, I know that the things I have seen will eventually feed back int my other paintings, thus making the two areas necessary and inseparable.


1983   HDFA Slade School of Fine Art, University College, London.

1981   Diploma in Painting, Byam Shaw School of Art

1976   Teaching Certificate. Froebel Institute

Teaching Experience

2000 to present   Visiting Tutor, The Pince's Drawing School, London

1993 to present   P/T painting tutor (senior lecturer) Canterbury Christ Church University

1987 to present    Associate Lecturer, Byam Shaw, UAL

Awards and exhibitions

Ernest Jackson Memorial Award

Leverhulme Scholarship

Jubilee Scholarship

Boise Travelling Scholarship

Elizabeth Greenshield Foundation Award

Additional Reasearch

My main area of research is the paintings that I produce in my London studio, also I am currently involved researching 'Three Paintings by Cezanne' (unpublished work quoted in the National Gallery Bulletin).

2007    'Out With In'  Group show, La Galleria, Pall Mall, London

2005    'Christmas Exhibition, Browse & Darby, Cork Street, London

             'The Discerning Eye', Mall Galleries, London

             Group Show   U7 Gallery, Peckham, London

             Drawing  Exhibition, Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury

2002    Group Show, Clandeboy, Belfast

2001   Group Show, Chateau de Balleroy (Normandy, France)

1999    'The Importance of Drawing', (from Old Master to the 20th century). 


I went into the Lybrinth with no way out
Gregory Ward HDFA


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