Painting with EARTH 2010-17

“I am no longer sure of what I am doing. But then, quite simply, I am painting. I am putting together objects from materials that I gather locally, here in North Devon. Materials that are significant to me. That have stories to tell. That connect me to this place and to my being. The objects created are celebrations of this life. They are explorations. Simple, intuitive journeys of making in the here and now…”

Peter Ward has spent the last nine years researching the geology, history and uses of the rich earth pigments to be found in North Devon and the West Country. The use of such materials has allowed Peter’s work to develop in response to the processes and provenance offered by the materials themselves, their discovery and collection and the practicalities of paint making, through simple mark-making and a limited but environmentally defined colour palette.