Robyn Ward is the definition of an international artist. He was born in Dublin, raised in Belfast, where he found his love for art via graffiti, and later honed his skills in studios and collectives in cities ranging from London and Amsterdam to Bangkok and Shanghai. These days he’s living and painting in Mexico City while still exhibiting the world over.
The self-taught contemporary painter fuses his personal experience of destruction and chaos, with commentary on historical and modern-day conflicts into his thought-provoking canvases. “Each layer depicts a different fragment of time,” Ward explains, “often they are screenshots of parts of my life.”
Ward’s distinctive painting style is an introspective process informed by the likes of Bosch, Bacon and Banksy, manifesting in pointed takes on our less-than-perfect societal nuances. His mediums of choice are limitless, combining acrylics, inks, water colours, oils and spray paint on canvas.
While previous solo exhibitions have tackled issues of racism and bigotry, Ward’s recent “Plastic Nation” collection has focused on endangered animals and the multiple crises facing the natural world. These striking works force audiences to confront ecological damage by bringing them face to face with large-scale paintings of the animals endangered by our fast-paced modern lives.
With a track record of successful international solo exhibitions and group shows, Ward has captured the attention of galleries and celebrity collectors worldwide. In 2018 he exhibited in seven exhibitions including ArtAttack at the Royal Monceau Gallery in Paris alongside artists such as Banksy, Jeff Koons, Space Invader and Mr. Brainwash.