W. David Ward

Born in West Yorkshire, England, David immigrated to Canada in 1977. In 1985 and 1986 he studied Graphic Design at George Brown College, then embarked on a career in commercial art. He freelanced as a designer for two years and created book cover illustrations for a number of major publishing companies, among them, Penguin and Viking Press. Despite early successes, Ward left the world of commercial art behind in October 1988, when he moved to the artist colony of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, to concentrate on his own art full-time.

The artist's twenty-six year career has been shaped by his extensive travels. He is known primarily for painting the more remote corners of North America: from the windswept coastline of British Columbia to maritime outposts in the east, the American Southwest and Canadian Arctic. In late 2012, the Royal Canadian Mint selected one of David's arctic landscape designs for a limited series of 1 Kilogram, gold and silver, investment coins. These are the latest in a collection of large format coins, which include 'The Spirit of Haida Gwaii,' by Bill Reid. Although David's paintings depict a wide range of subjects, the arctic has been a major theme since 1990. His work can be found in numerous private, corporate and public collections, including:

The Gail Art Museum, Seoul South Korea; The Vancouver Maritime Museum; The Provincial Art Gallery in St. John's Newfoundland; The Manx National Gallery and the Government of Ontario.

In December 2013, a collection of the artist's short stories, and related images (paintings and photographs), were published in the UK by Lily Publications. The first edition of Time Enough: An Amoral Tale, is now almost sold out. Though it is not presently available in book shops in Canada, it can be found at select Waterstones locations in the UK, and online, through the publisher and amazon.com.

Available artwork: 
Exchange II by W. David Ward
Exchange II
Acrylic on Canvas, 42 x 90
Loch Gallery, Toronto
Art Show by W. David Ward
Art Show
Acrylic on Panel, 15.25 x 11.75
Loch Gallery, Toronto
Perspectives by W. David Ward
Perspectives
Acrylic, 24 x 16
Loch Gallery, Toronto
Starboard Bow by W. David Ward
Starboard Bow
Acrylic, 36 x 36
Loch Gallery, Toronto
And On That Farm... by W. David Ward
And On That Farm...
Acrylic, 16 x 40
Loch Gallery, Winnipeg
W. David Ward
Artist origin: 
Canadian
Artist type: 
Established living contemporary

 

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