Toby Ward

 

About

Toby Ward

Toby Ward is a painter and draftsman primarily of people, the things they do and the places they inhabit. He paints portraits of men and women sometimes formally posed, sometimes going about their work or pleasures.

He has worked as artist in residence at St.Martin-in-the-Fields, the Mercers’ Company and the Athenaeum and travelled as a recording artist with HRH The Prince of Wales.
After serving for six years in the army Toby studied at City and Guilds of London Art School where he won the Richard Ford Travel Award to study in Madrid.

In 1995 he spent a month working with the United Nations Peacekeeping force in central Bosnia making a record in drawings of the life and work of the soldiers.
Also during the 1990s he made a series of drawings in two volumes for the National Trust recording the conservation of Chastleton House in the Cotswolds. This led to a commission to make drawings and watercolours of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden before and during its redevelopment in the late 1990’s. The Ritz Hotel commissioned a series of paintings of all aspects of life at the hotel from the kitchens to the gymnasium which now decorate the lifts in the hotel.

Toby has also made drawings of well known visitors to the UK including President Clinton’s visit to Oxford University in 2001 and Archbishop Desmond Tutu preaching in London.
Since leaving art school Toby has constantly painted and drawn portraits. Among a number of significant commissions have been portraits of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, Lord Rothermere and Sir Sidney Kentridge. In 2005 he painted the portraits of two soldiers in southern Iraq for the Royal Welch Fusiliers.

Alongside Toby’s commissioned paintings there is a body of exhibition work in which he uses many of the same skills for drawing and painting people and places but in a less naturalistic manner. These are pictures that tell a story or describe a scene that has interested or amused him. These works have been shown in popular exhibitions at the Arndean Gallery, the Catto Gallery and Avery Contemporary Art.

 
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