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Sean Ward - Fine Artist

Sean Ward

Wichita, KS - United States

 
 
 

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Sean Ward

Wichita, KS - United States

Sean Ward - Fine Artist

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About Sean Ward

Throughout my last 20 years in the field of fine arts, I have had an exquisite fascination with
color theory and the effects of using the entire spectrum within a work to create illusions and movement. My inspirations such as Bridget Riley and Victor Vasarely have given me the foundation in my studies
of their works, and I have built upon that, along with my background in graphic design, to create
abstracted portraits, expressionistic designs, and intricate mandalas. Each of my main subject focuses
has lone intentions, but comprise the same technique in which my art is created, that allow my work to
be an homage to not only individuals or designs, but rather, color in general.

My abstracted portraits, under the title, “Fading Identities,” is an homage to people of our past. From celebrities to scientists. From athletes to patron saints. Every one of these individuals helped create the world to how it is today. You might question the title, “Fading Identities” as the opposite of a homage, due to the verb fading, but in reality, as these paintings exude.. The actual identity of each individual might visually fade over time from our memories, but there are still fragments and pieces of each that we always tend to remember, even if it is just a silhouette of the whole.

The next subject, “White Space Designs”, is a more expressionistic dedication to our world in design. Each of these pieces utilize created elements of design and take them in their raw form, or together as a united whole, to create paintings that are cut out over a white background and through the usage of color theory and the full spectrum, create designs that are optically kinetic, or quaintly stationary just to exude beauty within a composition. Though, I did receive some knowledge in optical motion through design techniques while studying Bridget Riley, I tend to think that my pieces are very much different and focus more on interactions within close proximities of colors, than the idealized blocks of color that she was known for.

EDUCATION
Wichita State University, Wichita, KS, Graduation Date: May 2016,

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE
HUE Gallery, Wichita, KS, August 2013-Present, Co-Owner
Ward Art House, Wichita, KS, July 2012-Present, Co-Owner
Shiftspace Gallery, Wichita, KS, January 2014-May 2014, Student Assistant
Artist Central, Wichita, KS, December 2012-August 2013, Resident Artist
Ward Photography, Wichita, KS December 2005-February 2012, Owner
CFAI.co Juror, “Abstraction” Exhibition, August 2015

PAST AND FUTURE EXHIBITIONS
Artist Central, Wichita, KS, July 2012, Solo Exhibition
Artist Central, Wichita, KS, January 2013, Group Exhibition
Century II Concert Hall, Wichita, KS January-February 2013: Group Exhibition
Green Acres, Wichita, KS February 2013: Group Exhibition
Kansas Masonic Home, Wichita, KS April 2013: Group Exhibition
Wichita State University McKnight Art Center‘s Project Runaway, Wichita, KS April 2013: Part of Runaway Show, Won Runner Up in the “Dark Matter” Category
Friends of the Wichita Art Museum 54th Annual Art & Book Fair, May 2013, Group Booth
Botanica Gardens: Compositions, July 2013, Featured Group Booth
Waterwalk KEYN Festival, June-July 2013, Group Exhibition
Tonantzin Society’s “The Dia De Los Muertos” Topeka 2013, Juried Art Exhibition
Kansas City Artists Coalition’s “Midwest Undergraduate Exhibition”, April 2014,
Juried Group Exhibition
Midwest Center of Photography’s “Photography Final Exhibition”, April-May 2014,
Group Exhibition
Friends of the Wichita Art Museum 55th Annual Art & Book Fair, May 2014, Solo Booth
A/NT Gallery’s “Mixed (e)Motions” Exhibition, Seattle, WA, July 2014, Juried Entry National Exhibition, Won “Honorable Mention” for “The Fall”
Ulrich Museum Satellite Exhibition of “Faculty Show”, Wichita, KS, April 2015, Group Exhibition and Featured Live Artist
Orange County Creatives’ “Faces” Exhibition, Laguna Beach, CA, May 2015, Juried Entry National Exhibition
Overland Park Arts’ “Human Experience – Abstracts” Exhibition, Overland Park, KS, July 2015, Juried Entry National Exhibition
Art on 30th “Just Sayin'”, San Diego, CA, October 2015, Juried Entry National Exhibition
White Wall Gallery’s “Artists For Recovery” Auction, San Francisco, CA, March 2016, Juried Entry Silent and Live Auction


AWARDS, ACCOLADES, JURYING EXPERIENCE
Wichita State University: Project Runaway, Wichita, KS , April 2013, Won “Runner Up” in Dark Matter Category
A/NT Gallery’s “Mixed (e)Motions” Exhibition, Seattle, WA, July 2014, Won Honorable Mention
Wichita State University, Wichita, KS, May 2015, Received Esther & Clayton Staples Scholarship
Wichita Eagle, Wichita Downtown Development Corporation & The Knight Foundation, Wichita, KS, June 2015, Commissioned to paint replica of Black Bear Bosin’s “Keeper of the Plains” for the “Pop Up Park” Permanent Installation
Contemporary Fine Arts International, Juror of Yearly “Abstractions” Exhibition, Denver, CO, August 2015

EDITORIALS/FEATURES
Theculturetrip.com, “Wichita’s 10 Contemporary Art Galleries You Should Visit”, October 2013
Wichita Eagle, “HUE Gallery Aims to Fill Void in Wichita’s Art Scene”, Wichita, KS,
January 2, 2015
Liberty Press, “New Gallery on Commerce Street Shows Diverse Work”, Wichita, KS,
January 2015 Issue
Splurge Magazine, “Contemporary Street”, Wichita, KS, May 2015 Issue
“Where Art Lives” Magazine, “HUE Gallery: Contemporary Art Gallery That Explores the Nation’s Work”, Denver, CO, Volume 1, Number 4 Issue
MuseValley.com, London, UK, Invitation from CEO for Homepage Feature
“Where Art Lives” Magazine, “Sean Christopher Ward”, Denver, CO, Volume 1, Number 6 Issue
Saatchi Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Featured in Saatchi Art's 2015 Gift Guide Collections, November 2015

TELEVISION APPEARANCES
KPTS Positively Wichita: Wichita NOW!, Appearance of “The Opulent Keeper of Kaleidoscopic Design”

PHILANTHROPY
Ketch’s Palette to Palate Art Auction 2015, Wichita, KS, Donated 2 works
Jason Carlsons’ Team in Training Fundraiser for Leukemia 2015, Wichita, KS, Donated 1 work
Delta Delta Delta’s Delta Market 2015, Wichita, KS, Donated 1 work
Ketch’s Palette to Palate Art Auction 2016, Wichita, KS, Donated 1 work
Nu Outlook’s Artists for Recovery 2016, San Francisco, Donated 1 work

COLLECTIONS
Center for Women’s Wellness, Wichita, KS
Private Collector, New York City, NY
Private Collector, Seattle, WA
Private Collector, Chicago, IL
Numerous Private Collectors, Wichita, KS
Pop-Up Park, Wichita, KS
Numerous Private Collectors, Kansas City, MO

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