John Ward: Meditation • Transition
Canadian artist John Ward considers painting his calling – a personal form of meditation that is bound to the natural world right outside his studio walls. His paintings are luminescent, teeming with colour, carefully textured, and infused with a transcendent energy that is both calming and invigorating in equal measure.
Ward has concentrated for the past twenty-plus years on probing the common and elegant form of the leaf, both for its organic associations and its unlimited configurations. While their carefully executed cellular figures are inspired by close studies of leaves, Ward’s paintings are far from literal or systematic portrayals. His body of work has increasingly become less tied down to a realistic depiction of ‘leaf,’ moving instead into the creation of natural forms that bend, billow and break like aerial topographies, cosmic photographs or magnified microscopic organisms. They are colourful and undulating portals to something greater; catalysts to looking deep within oneself.
In his eyes, the paintings constantly return to a longing for the substance of nature’s realm. When he looks at nature, he’s convinced that nothing is out of place – everything is profound and perfect.
Curator: John Leroux
Organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of New Brunswick, the City of Fredericton, and the Scotiabank Artist Residency Program.