Blake

BIOGRAPHY

Blake Ward was born in Yellowknife in the North West Territories in Canada, then raised and educated in Edmonton, Alberta where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1979. Blake moved to Paris in 1985 to study under Cyril Heck so he could work with figurative sculpture using traditional techniques. When the opportunity arose for Blake to move closer to both his foundry and marble quarry, he opened his current studio in Monte Carlo in 1991.

Blake’s early work used ancient methods to represent anatomically correct details in the clay sculptures of his live models, the first step in a “lost wax method” of production where the final rendition was either cast in bronze, or sculpted in marble.

After being invited to teach at the University of Hanoi in 2003, Blake became aware of the devastating, long-term effects that landmines have on people all over the world. Blake began his series of “de-sculpted” figures called “Fragments, ” followed by his “Rethink” collection, which combines his love for figurative sculpture with a desire for activism.

His latest series, The Spirits, have crossed over into the abstract where Blake aims for provocative figures (Angels and Phantoms) that are able to expand the consciousness of our inner selves in relation to our outer world.

Blake’s work has been exhibited in France, Italy, Germany, England, Singapore, India, Hong Kong, the United States and Canada.

Artist Statement

In all of my work, the grace and symmetry of traditional figures ignites an inexplicable alchemy of sensuality and sentiment—sometimes distorted by our demons, sometimes an enchantment of all that’s pure in our souls.

With an artistic heritage rooted in traditions of antiquity and classical realism, my Rethink series challenges the conservative values leading us into landmines of discrimination and injustice, while the Spirit series expands the classical figure by exposing the internal landscape of self.

The Spirits series are two separate, but conceptually connected collections: Angels and Phantoms, both involved with a renewed relationship to the human form where I’m exploring the coherency of how our physical and spiritual bodies interact with the material world.

The Angels collection uses a materializing, multi-layered external surface as evidence of the defensive layers and walls we create to protect ourselves within the physical world. While The Phantom series insists that we look inside and open up a conscious flow between our external bodies and the internal landscape of Soul and Self.