Opening reception: Saturday, October 15, 6-9pm
Exhibition through November 5
WHAT: The Salon welcomes Los Angeles-based Gary Ward in a solo exhibition, ‘The Midnight Drawings’. The series exudes its title - drawings, works, ramblings and musings done in the quiet of night when daily external noise comes to a halt. Ward committed to doing a drawing per day, around midnight, for an entire year and has amassed a plethora of work for his most extensive exhibit to date. Though he has traditionally worked on paper in a mixed media format of charcoal, oil pastels and graphite, this show will also introduce collaged works presented on canvas. The style remaining the same, of course, intended to convey raw emotion and sharp wit throughout its perfectly flawed presentation.
About Gary Ward:
Los Angeles native Gary Ward has a deep-rooted and inveterate relationship with Visual art. Using drawing and painting as a creative outlet, this lifelong exercise has evolved into a compelling restorative practice.
Ward pursued a creative career as a producer in both the digital and film realm in a career now spanning 30 years. However, at no point did he abandon his passion or commitment to drawing, sketching and scribbling whenever possible as an almost journal-like practice. In 2004 Ward was asked by Glu Gallery in Los Angeles to exhibit his work. Initially reluctant, he eventually approached the opportunity without expectation. The intensely personal nature of his work immediately resonated, and to Ward’s surprise, the show completely sold out.
He has continued to show at various galleries in the area, most recently at PYO gallery in downtown LA, where he completed his first mural. Ward has acquired an extensive and prominent list of collectors including Dave and Jordyn Grohl, Nick Valensi and Amanda de Cadenet, Molly Simms, Dewey Nicks, Selma Blair and many others.