'Frontier Monument', Christian Ward

Multi-coloured painting featuring rainbows and clouds

2009, Oil on linen, 205 x 221 cm

Artist's statement

A teacher once told me that making a painting was like overfilling an envelope. Overlaying subjects, references and styles is a good way to fill up a canvas. I play Walt Disney with black holes or cherry blossoms with an atom bomb afterglow. Each part rhymes with another in dissonance or harmony, sometimes both, and new possibilities open up. A painting is normally finished on a climax, usually about 4am.


Born in Noda, Japan in 1977 Christian Ward attended Winchester School of Art 1996-99, Parsons New York 1998 and the Royal Academy Schools London 1999-2002. Group shows include 'The Future Lasts a Long Time' Le Consortium Dijon 2005, 'Ideal Worlds' Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2005, 'Eat Me, Drink Me' The Goss Michael Foundation Dallas USA 2009, Elements of Nature' Frederick R. Weisman Museum Malibu USA 2009 and The Library of Babel / In and Out of Place' Projectspace 176 London 2010. Max Wigram Gallery London solos are 'Inside the Island' 2003, 'Black Sun' 2005, 'Foothills' 2008, and one forthcoming in 2011. 'Balanced Rock' was at Galerie Michel Rein Paris 2010.

Artist profile on Max Wigram Gallery website