Blake Ward

Blake Ward

September 16, 2014 11:00 ET

Blake Ward: Just Beneath the Surface

New Sculpture Toronto, October 9 - November 8

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 16, 2014) -

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Sculptor Blake Ward makes his Toronto gallery debut Thursday, October 9 from 6 PM to 9 PM, at the Articsók Gallery, 1697 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto, ON, M6N 1J2. Regular hours are Wednesday - Saturday, 12 PM to 6 PM. Call 416 651 5020.

Blake Ward's contemporary work builds on the techniques of classical figurative sculpture used since antiquity. His newest pieces challenge the classical figure by opening up the interior space of the human form as a way to explore the landscape of our inner selves. Holding fast to his love of the human figure, Ward remains true to the representational quality and realistic proportions of traditional sculpture while simultaneously exploring new ways to comment on the trinity of human complexity: mind, body, and spirit.

Ward's provocative, 1/4 scale, partial bronze figures cross into abstract and ethereal realms and break away from all the fundamental rules of bronze sculpture. Their perfect proportions are freshly contemporary in form and spirit, academic and classical, florid and baroque.

The vulnerable, textured exterior surface alludes to the complexity of the individual. The open, exposed interior is not only undisguised, but prominently on display, and insists that we look inside and open a conscious, intentional flow between the external form of our bodies and our internal landscape.

Yellowknife born Blake Ward received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Alberta in 1979, found his interest lay in classical figurative sculpture and, unable to find a teacher in Canada, moved to Paris, where he studied with Cyril Heck until 1989. When the opportunity to be closer to the foundry of his choice arose, Foundry Venturi Arte in Bologna, he moved to his current studio in Monte Carlo in 1991.

Invited to teach at the University of Hanoi in 2003, Ward began a journey combining art with activism. He has been a positive force raising funds and awareness for the eradication of landmines. Ward's work has shown in Monaco, England, Germany, Italy, Singapore, Hong Kong, Delhi, the United States, and Canada.

Articsók Gallery is dedicated to advancing the benefits of creating and experiencing art, exhibiting painting, sculpture and photography by contemporary Canadian and International artists. Founders and managers are Csilla Csiki - B.A. Fine Art History, University of Toronto, and Peter Alexander Por - B. Arch., University of Illinois, Chicago - Honours B.F.A. Specializing in Sculpture, York University, Toronto.

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