Michael Ward - Fine Artist

Michael Ward

Costa Mesa, CA - United States

 
 
 

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Michael Ward

Costa Mesa, CA - United States

Michael Ward - Fine Artist

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I began my artistic career doing pen and ink renderings of historical architecture. From 1984 to 1990 I operated a mail order business selling these drawings on calendars, prints, and related items. 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.

As a painter, I am self-taught. In my day job, I work as an Art Director and Graphic Designer.
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