Blake Ward presents Depth and Perception, new works from his Spirits Collection.
Opening reception Thursday, October 29 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Petley Jones Gallery, 1554 W 6th Ave, Vancouver, BC, V6J 1R2.
The exhibition continues to Thursday, November 19, Monday to Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM. Sundays by appointment. Closed on statutory holidays. Call toll free 1 888 732 5353.
Blake Ward "Angel Arima"
"Angel Arima" by Blake Ward. The Soul of an Angel. In Basque, 'Arima' is a soul known to flit on the wind as would a butterfly. Bronze 2014. Unique Piece. H 78 cm (30.7 in); W 28 cm (11 in)
Ward’s works provoke introspection, illustrating his contemporary approach to classical figurative sculpture and his development from firm academicism to a new liberating metallic expressionism. Building on the techniques of figurative sculpture developed in antiquity, his newest pieces challenge the classical figure by opening up the interior space of the human form as a way to search our inner selves. While the 59-year-old Ward remains true to the representational quality and the realistic proportions of traditional sculpture, Spirits crosses over into abstract and ethereal realms where he aims for provocative figures that expand the consciousness of our inner realities. Ward’s ¼ scale, partial figures break away from all the fundamental rules of bronze sculpture.
Yellowknife-born, Edmonton-raised Blake Ward received his Fine Arts Degree from the University of Alberta in 1979. He went on to study classical figurative sculpture in Paris until 1989 when he moved to his current studio in Monte Carlo. Invited to teach at the University of Hanoi in 2003, Ward began to combine art and activism, evolving a bold socio-political voice. He has since raised funds and awareness for the eradication of landmines around the world.
Blake Ward exhibits internationally, including at the Front Gallery, Edmonton, the Rouge Gallery, Saskatoon, Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver, Hilton-Asmus Contemporary, Chicago, Articsók Gallery, Toronto, Galerie Saint-Dizier, Montreal, Maison d’Art, Monaco and Galleria Lumina, Bergamo, Italy.