Eric Ward, Artist, St Ives Cornwall. Member Chelsea Arts Club. St Ives Society of Artists

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.

A catalogue for my solo exhibition at the Belgrave Gallery St. Ives June 2020

Link to paintings at the Belgrave Gallery, St.Ives


Link to Eric Ward Instagram

Link to website

Link to You Tube Eric Ward painting

Contact by email

Image: Heavy surf at Porhmeor Beach St Ives

Porthmeor Beach St Ives 24x30 inches oil


Painting on St Ives Harbour beach with Maureen Lipman 9th July 2015


Painting in the Barbara Hepworth Garden St. Ives 24 January 2015

I have painted a series of plein air paintings of the Barbara Hepworth Garden St. Ives They are being exhibited at Belgrave Gallery St.Ives. Exhibition 4th July until 20th July 2015


The Barbara Hepworth Garden 13th March 2015 8x10in oil

A book of paintings and drawings with an introduction by Alison Bevan,Director of Penlee House Gallery and Museum BA FMA is now available. Published by St Ives Printing and Publishing Co. ISBN. 9780948385612

Image: Book Cover

Painting at Newlyn

Image: Eric Ward

Image: Luggers at Newlyn

Luggers at Newlyn 8x10 ins oil on panel


Life study in pencil 10x8 inches


Christine in Chris Insolls Studo 36x28 inches oil


Supper on the big table at the Chelsea Arts Club. Image used as the Club Christmas Card 2016


Piaffinitee at the Chelsea Arts Club 8x10 inches oil


Friday evening music in the bar of the Chelsea Arts Club oil 10x12ins Image use as a Chelsea Arts Club Christmas card 2014


Portscatho on a summers afternoon 20x20in oil on canvas


Yotei Fukidashi Spring Japan 10x12in oil on panel

Image: Mousehole harbour.

Summer at Mousehole harbour 16x20ins oil on canvas

Image: Hokkaido Festival Japan

Hokkaido Festival Japan 10x12in Oil


Towards Portscatho 12x16ins oil

Image: Oil Painting

A summer evening at St Ives 10x12in oil on panel

Image: oil painting

Morning light at St Ives Island 10x12in oil on panel


Low tide at Portscatho 20x24ins oil

Pages from My sketch book from a Paris Visit June 2015




Image: Painting 10x12in from sketch book drawingin Paris

Painting from sketch book drawing from Paris

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