Sean Ward

Sean Ward

Wichita, KS, United States

About Sean Ward

Sean Christopher Ward is an interdisciplinary artist focusing his efforts of painting in the style of op art, with major influences from Masters of the movement, like Bridget Riley and Victor Vasarely, who utilize flat design to create depth and kinetic movement through strict hard edges and the utilization of masterfully placed colors side by side or next to negative space in order to keep the works constantly moving within the optics of the viewer. Now extending past the singular flat plane, he has expanded to multi-plane artworks in which each level is hand painted or left without paint and it allows the perception of the paint coming off the canvas to envelop the viewer within the work itself with the high-gloss nature of resin. The process sounds traditional, but it begins in the digital realm of Adobe Digital Suite to create the design of the works first and foremost, to achieve ultra-crisp and planned results, then transitioning into the traditional realm of hand painting all the fields of colors onto the individual layers of the painting. This process sounds overwhelming, it has become common practice for Sean’s works and you can see the commitment to excellence through the weeks of time it takes to complete each individual piece. With works in 613 permanent and private collections spanning 10 countries, including France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the US Virgin Islands, the works are expanding into more countries throughout the world as each year progresses. Notable works in private collections include The Center for Women’s Wellness, Universal Studios Japan, Elton John, Bob Dylan, The Pixies and the ICT Pop-Up Park.

Education

Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, Wichita State University, May 2016

Events

-Chromatic Hallucinations: The Solo Exhibition of Sean Christopher Ward, Coutts Museum of Art, El Dorado, KS, Aug-Sep 2020
-Art on a Postcard - Auction, London, United Kingdom, June-July 2020
-Superfine! Art Fair, San Francisco, CA, Feb 27 - Mar 1, 2020
-Art On A Postcard - Auction, London, United Kingdom, Nov 12-14, 2019
-Superfine! A Hyper-Curated Art Fair, Washington, D.C., Oct 30-Nov 3, 2019
-The Other Art Fair, Dallas, Texas, Sep 19-22, 2019
-The Other Art Fair, Los Angeles, California, Sep 5-8, 2019
-The Other Art Fair, Chicago, Illinois, May 16-19, 2019
-Mark Arts Spring Art Fair, Wichita, Kansas, May 10, 2019
-Superfine! A Hyper-Curated Art Fair, Los Angeles, California, Feb 14-17, 2019
-Superfine! A Hyper-Curated Art Fair, Art Basel, Miami Beach, Florida, Dec 5-9, 2018
-Superfine! A Hyper-Curated Art Fair, Washington, D.C., Oct 31 - Nov 4, 2018
-Superfine! A Hyper-Curated Art Fair, Frieze Week, New York, New York, May 2-6, 2018
-"Why To Collect Artwork from Living Artists?" Artist Panel, Art Basel, Miami, Florida, December 9, 2017
-Superfine! A Hyper-Curated Art Fair, Art Basel 2017, Miami, Florida
-Friends of WAM 54th Annual Art & Book Show: Group Booth
-Friends of WAM 55th Annual Art & Book Show: Solo Booth
-Unveiling of "The Opulent Keeper of Kaleidoscopic Design" Permanent Sculpture for The Knight Foundation, WDDC and Wichita Eagle's Pop Up Park, Wichita, KS

Exhibitions

-Group Show, Skypony Gallery, Plano, TX, Dec 2020
-Kaleidoscopic Odyssey, Home Show, Wichita, KS, Nov 2020
-Chromatic Hallucinations: The Solo Exhibition of Sean Christopher Ward, Coutts Museum of Art, El Dorado, KS, Aug-Sep 2020
-The Relationship Series, Peerless, Wichita, KS, Dec 2019
-Holiday Sale, HUE Gallery of Contemporary Art, Wichita, KS, Nov-Dec 2019
-Wunder: The Solo Exhibition of Sean Christopher Ward, Gallery MC, New York City, NY, November 2019
-Stardust & Satisfaction: Art & Music, Glenn Dallas Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA, July-Sept 2019, Group Exhibition
-People, Places & Things, Augusta Art Centre Gallery, Augusta, KS, July-Sept 2019, Group Exhibition *Audrey VII won "Honorable Mention"
-Swan Song, HUE Gallery of Contemporary Art, Wichita, KS, July 2019, Duo Exhibition
-Fading Identities+Colorscapes, HUE Gallery of Contemporary Art, Wichita, KS, June 2019, Duo Exhibition
-Color+Pop, HUE Gallery of Contemporary Art, Wichita, KS, May 2019, Group Exhibition
-VIVID, HUE Gallery of Contemporary Art, Wichita, KS, March 2019, Group Exhibition
-“Amalgamation: The Collaborative Exhibition of Aaron Patton and Sean C Ward” 520 S. Commerce, Wichita, KS
August 2018, Duo Exhibition
-“Open Studio” ChaNorth, Pine Plains, NY, May 27, 2018, Exhibitor
-“Secret Show”, HUE Gallery of Contemporary Art, Wichita, KS, January 2018, Concert and Solo Exhibition
-“Black White and Everything In Between”, Vertigo 232, Wichita, KS, October 2017, Group Exhibition
-“Duo Exhibition”, Enders Art Gallery, Prairie Village, KS, May 2017, Duo Exhibition
-“Chimera Effect”, HUE Gallery of Contemporary Art, Wichita, KS, January 27, 2017, Solo Installation
-CityArt’s “Gifts in the Gallery”, Wichita, KS, December 2016, Juried Regional Exhibition
-Re:Artiste’s "Show Your World", New York City, NY, November 2016, Juried International Exhibition
-The Lakeside Club, Wichita, KS, March-May 2016, Group Exhibition
-Channel Island Studios’ “Collector’s Choice” National Exhibition, Camarillo, CA, March 2016, Juried Entry National Fundraiser, Donated 1 work
-Channel Island Studios’ “DYNAMIC” National Exhibition, Camarillo, CA, March 2016, Juried Entry National Exhibition
-Sync Gallery’s “EQUINOX” National Exhibition, Denver, CO, February 2016, Juried Entry National Exhibition
-Idaho State University’s “Undergraduate Art Exhibition”, Pocatello, ID, February 2016, Juried Entry Online Exhibition
-Art on 30th “Just Sayin'”, San Diego, CA, October 2015, Juried Entry National Exhibition
-Overland Park Arts’ “Human Experience – Abstracts” Exhibition, Overland Park, KS, July 2015, Juried Entry National Exhibition
-Orange County Creatives’ “Faces” Exhibition, Laguna Beach, CA, May 2015, Juried Entry National Exhibition
-Ulrich Museum Satellite Exhibition of “Faculty Show”, Wichita, KS, April 2015, Group Exhibition and Featured Live Artist
-A/NT Gallery’s “Mixed (e)Motions” Exhibition, Seattle, WA, July 2014, Juried Entry National Exhibition, Won “Honorable Mention” for “The Fall”
-Friends of the Wichita Art Museum 55th Annual Art & Book Fair, May 2014, Solo Booth
-Midwest Center of Photography’s “Photography Final Exhibition”, April-May 2014, Group Exhibition
-Kansas City Artists Coalition’s “Midwest Undergraduate Exhibition”, April 2014, Juried Group Exhibition
-Tonantzin Society’s “The Dia De Los Muertos” Topeka 2013, Juried Art Exhibition
-Waterwalk KEYN Festival, June-July 2013, Group Exhibition
-Botanica Gardens: Compositions, July 2013, Featured Group Booth
-Friends of the Wichita Art Museum 54th Annual Art & Book Fair, May 2013, Group Booth
-Wichita State University McKnight Art Center‘s Project Runaway, Wichita, KS April 2013: Part of Runaway Show, Won Runner Up in the “Dark Matter” Category
-Kansas Masonic Home, Wichita, KS April 2013: Group Exhibition
-Green Acres, Wichita, KS February 2013: Group Exhibition
-Century II Concert Hall, Wichita, KS January-February 2013: Group Exhibition
-Artist Central, Wichita, KS, January 2013, Group Exhibition
-Artist Central, Wichita, KS, July 2012, Solo Exhibition