The Mystery Of The Ordinary: Michael Ward's Paintings

Michael Ward, 63, is a Montana-born artist based in Southern California who paints scenes from everyday life in minute detail, based on his own photographs. When he started out photographing in the 70's he used film, which "trained his eye", and took architecture classes which taught him rendering and perspective. Ward does not edit out any details that might seemingly clash with a "pleasant" aesthetic– which makes for some quite interesting scenes. Ward's paintings depict moments and places so casual and commonplace, initially you might wonder what makes this particular frame worth painting. Upon further inspection, you begin to notice how the present, the past, and even social class are present in the smallest most random corners of the world.

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Michael Ward