BLAKE WARD

CURRICULUM VITAE
 
Blake Ward was born in Yellowknife in the North West Territories in Canada, then raised and educated in Edmonton, Alberta where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1979.
 
Blake moved to Paris in 1985 to study under Cyril Heck so he could work with figurative sculptures using traditional techniques.
 
When the opportunity arose for Blake to move closer to both his foundry and marble quarry, he opened his current studio in Monte Carlo in 1991.
 
Blake’s early work used ancient methods to represent anatomically correct details in the clay sculptures of his live models, the first step in a “lost wax method” of production where the final rendition was either case in bronze, or sculptured in marble.
 
After being invited to teach at the University of Hanoi in 2003, Blake became aware of the devastating, long-term effects that landmines have on people all over the world. Blake began his series of “de-sculptured” figures called “Fragments,” followed by his “Rethink” collection, which combines his love for figurative sculpture with a desire for activism.
 
His latest series, The Spirits, have crossed over into the abstract where Blake aims for provocative figures (Angels and Phantoms) that are able to expand the consciousness of our inner selves in relation to our outer world.
 
Blake’s work has been exhibited in France, Italy, Germany, England, Singapore, India, Hong Kong, the United States and Canada.
 
Blake Ward
 
EDUCATION
 
Figurative Sculpture Studio, Private courses with Cyril Heck, 1986 – 1989, Paris, France
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Honours, University of Alberta, 1979, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
 
EXHIBITION RECORD

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016 Fragments, Saint John Art Center, Saint John NB
2016 Fragments, Sculptors Society of Canada, Toronto ON, Canada
2016 Inner Perceptions, Outer Reflections, Hilton Asmus Contemporary, Chicago IL, USA
2016 Inner Perceptions, Outer Reflections, The Front Gallery, Edmonton, AB, Canada
2015 Depth of Perception, Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2015 Depth of Perception, Articsok Gallery, Toronto, ON, Canada
2015 Silent Metaphors, The Front Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta Canada
2014 Figurative Alchemy, Continental Art Fair, St. Jean Cap Ferrat, France
2014 Just Beneath the Surface, Articsok Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2014 Spirit, Beauty & Stone, Rouge Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
2013 L'eau A L'Oeuvre UNESCO Committee Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco
2013 Blake Spirits, Rouge Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
2012 Blake Sculpture Angels, Comité National Monégasque des Arts Plastiques, Monaco
2012 Fragments, India International Center, New Delhi, India
2012 Blake Sculpture, Ian Tan Gallery, Hong Kong
2011 Blake Sculpture, Petley Jones Gallery, Vancouver BC, Canada
2011 Blake Sculpture, Winspear Center, Edmonton AB, Canada
2011 Fragments, Collectors Contemporary Gallery, Singapore
2011 Blake Sculpture, Lougheed House, Calgary AB, Canada
2011 Blake Sculpture, Rouge Gallery, Saskatoon SK, Canada
2011 Fragments, Bui Gallery, Hanoi, Vietnam
2010 Fragments, Meta House, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2010 Fragments, Hotel de la Paix, Siem Reap, Cambodia
2010 Fragments, Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife, NWT, Canada
2010 Burning Buddha, Video Installation, Meta House, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
2009 Re-Think, DLC Fine Art, New York, NY, USA
2009 The Figure, Rouge Gallery, Saskatoon, SK, Canada
2008 The Figure, Crystal Gallery, Fairmont Monte-Carlo, Monaco
2008 Fragments, Saint Ethelburga's, London, UK
2008 Fragments, Chelsea Arts Tower, New York, NY, USA
2008 Fragments, Canada House Gallery, London, UK
2007 Fragments, La Galleria, London, UK
2007 Fragments, Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury, UK
2007 Fragments, Cinema Verite, Monte-Carlo, Monaco
2007 Fragments, The Smithfield Gallery, London, UK
2007 Fragments, Haberdasher's. Hall, London, UK
2003 The Spirit and the Figure, Banque Gothard, Monte-Carlo, Monaco
 
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2015 Point Art Monaco Art Fair, Grimaldi Forum, Monte Carlo, Monaco
2015 Sculptor's Society of Canada, New Members Show
2014 In the Heart Suite, Front Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
2014 Arte e felicita, San Donato Milanese, Italy
2014 Ubuntu/I Am Because of You, Articsok Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2014 Being & Becoming, The Front Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
2013 Continental Art Fair Christmas Exhibition, St.Jean Cap Ferrat, France
2013 Blake Spirits, Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
2012 Fine Art Asia, Hong Kong
2012 Gallery de l'Omeau, St. Tropez, France
2012 6eme Rencontre Artistique Monaco Japan, Monaco
2012 World Art Expo, Seborga, Italy
2011 Sculpture at the Jardin Exotique, Monaco
2011 Peace, Love & Grooviness, Seborga, Italy
2010 Nuit Blanche, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2010 Ann Arbor Street Fair, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
2010 SOFA Santa Fe, Sante Fe, New Mexico, USA
2010 Monaco Art 2010, Monte-Carlo, Monaco
2009 Une Celebration de l'Arte Canadienne, Domaine du Grand Cros, Carnoules, France
2009 New Motions of the Figure, ICO Gallery, New York, NY, USA
2009 Nude 2009, Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY, USA
2008 Pointe Art, GAM Gallery, Monte-Carlo, Monaco
2008 Weatherburn Gallery, Naples, FL, USA
2002 Adam and Eve, Hotel de Paris, Monte-Carlo, Monaco
1996 The Portrait, Museum of Menton, Menton, France
1994 Skulpturenpark, Herzogin Diane Altshausen, Württemberg, Germany
1993 Galerie du Ruisseau, Paris, France
1993 Marie Ferrer Gallery, Winter Park, Florida, USA
1993 Festival Des Arts, Beaulieu-Sur-Mer, France
1992 Monaco Fine Arts, Monte-Carlo, Monaco
1989 Le Genie De La Bastille, Paris, France
1979 Graduation Exhibition, University of Alberta Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB, Canada
1975 The Canadian Arctic, Arctic Art Gallery, Yellowknife, NWT, Canada
 
PUBLIC INSTALLATIONS
Year Installation
2011 The Vestige, Jardin Exotique, Monaco
2008 Apple P-40, United Nations Association-USA, New York, NY, USA
2006 Virgin Mary, Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts University, Saigon, Vietnam
2005 Faust, Grimaldi Forum, L' Association des Amis de l'Opera de Monte-Carlo
2005 Breast Plate, Monte-Carlo Casino, Monaco
2000 L'Eveil, PLace Du Moulins, Monte-Carlo, Monaco
1998 The Messenger, Fontvieille, Monaco
1995 1989: Emerging Continents, Fontvieille, Monaco
1995 The Bather, Monaco Heliport, Fontvieille, Monaco
1994 Les Atlantes, Fontvieille, Monaco

 
COMMISSIONED ART
 
A&M Records, 1989, California, USA, portrait sculpture of Herb Alpert & Jerry Moss
 
TEACHING EXPERIENCE
 
Fine Arts University of Hanoi, 2003, Six week course
Ho Chi Minh University of Saigon, 2006, Eleven week course
 
LECTURES/WORKSHOPS
 
Sculptor’s Association of Alberta, 2012, “Using Armature in Your Sculpture”