WARD, Mark

1951 - ?

Mark Ward

Mark R. Ward was born and educated in Solihull, Warwickshire. He studied at Manchester School of Art, graduating with a B.A. (hons) in Product Design in 1971 and then worked as a product designer in Birmingham for 2 years. He then lived in Kenya for two years teaching various subjects and helped to build a school. Mark then returned to UK to train as an art teacher and taught art in Essex for many years. Around 1995 he moved to Halesworth, Suffolk being drawn there by the abundance of birds, the year-round music at Aldeburgh Festival and Snape Maltings, and the beauty of the coast. Leaving teaching in 2003 he built a studio and became a professional artist. Ward's paintings all relate to the natural world, most being developed from experiences of the local landscape and creatures, or in exotic climes. He constructs stage sets in his Suffolk studio, using paper, string, clay, and many sorts of rescued items which are closely observed and painted using acrylic. The sets are lit to create drama and emphasise the nature of the construction materials. Mark is a member of the Institute of East Anglian Artists and has exhibited at the Ipswich Art Society from Tyndale, Ubbeston Green, Halesworth in 2006, an oil 'Song from Swallow Tale' and a pastel 'Garden Path' also showing in London; New York; Italy and across England including locally at the Waterfront Gallery, Ipswich; Ferini Art Gallery, Pakefield, Lowestoft; Buckenham Galleries, Southwold. He donated a work to the 'Westhall Secret Postcard Auction' in 2013 'Baby Penguin' followed by an acrylic 'Bush Baby'.
Website: https://www.markwardart.co.uk

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