Eric Ward was born in 1945 in St. Ives, Cornwall, where he has lived for most of his life. After leaving school, he worked as a fisherman until 1985 when he became St. Ives Harbour Master. In 1964 he joined the RNLI as a St. Ives Lifeboatman, was promoted to Coxswain in 1989 and retired after 34 years of service in 2000. Always interested in art, Eric started painting in 1987 at the St. Ives School of Painting. Since then his work has been shown widely, and he has expanded into etching. In 1996 BBC2 featured Eric’s life, “Oils and Oilskins” on Video Diaries. A year in the making, the programme was acclaimed by The Times. This year, Halsgrove published a large-format 144-page book including over 100 painting in full colour and entitled Eric Ward’s St. Ives: From His Studio and Beyond.
2019 Fowey River Gallery, 2015 Belgrave Gallery St Ives Barbara, Hepworth Garden Exhibition, 2011 Belgrave Gallery St Ives, 2009 Gallery Monma Sapporo Japan, 2006 Waterside Gallery, 2003-6 Coves Quay Gallery, Salcombe, 2004-12 Fowey River Gallery, Belgrave Gallery, St.Ives, 2002 Glasshouse Gallery, Truro, 2001 Out of the Blue, Marazion, 1999 Tregony Gallery, Tregony, 1998 The One Below Gallery, London, 1997 Mid Cornwall Galleries, St.Austell, 1994 Sims Gallery, St.Ives
1989 Hallam Gallery, London, 2004 Webs Road Fine Art London, 2004 Osbourne Gallery, London, Mid Cornwall Galleries, St.Austell 2002 Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro, Out of the Blue, Marazion, Maltby Gallery, Winchester, 2001 Maltby Gallery, Winchester, 2000 Glass House Gallery, Truro, Rainey Day Gallery, Penzance
1998 Bankstreet Gallery, Sevenoaks, 1997 Wren Gallery, Oxfordshire, Walker Galleries, Harrogate, 1994 Cassian Gallery, Lincoln,On Line Gallery, Southhampton, Armada Gallery, Plymouth, Lentesalon 94, City Art Expo, Antwerp, 1991 Portscatho Gallery, Cornwall, 1989 Leon Suddaby Fine Art, Penzance, Leon Suddaby Fine Art, St.Ives, Penwith Gallery, St.Ives