January 24 - February 28, 2013
Opening Reception: Jan 24, 7-9pm
The Distillery Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of works by figurative oil painter, Nick Ward.
Originally from a small town near Portland, Oregon, Ward has been a resident of The Distillery since 2007. The artist was awarded an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant for painting in 2012, allowing him more time to focus on a growing body of work featuring portraits of everyday people from his life as models. Although quite realistic from afar, Ward's paintings deliberately avoid being traditional realism. By allowing unfinished abstraction to exist in areas needing less attention while intentionally highlighting natural human flaws, especially in skin tone, the often large-format pieces offer a counterpoint to the retouched beauty we are offered everyday in our media consumption.
Please join us for an opening reception with the artist on January 24th, from 7-9pm.
Learn more about the artist here: nickwardonline.com