Camilla Ward trained originally as a ceramicist and has worked in this medium since 2012. She also studied painting and has recently chosen to concentrate on this discipline. The transition has been quite natural for Camilla, as her ceramics were essentially three-dimensional paintings.
Like many artists, Camilla’s inspiration is the world around her, whether at home or further afield; real or imagined experiences of the present and the past.
Drawings, notes and photographs become the reference for her mainly abstract images that occasionally border on landscapes.
In her painting practice, Camilla’s background in ceramics is never far away: she builds up the surface, laying down colour and texture, sometimes applying clay, editing back, maybe simply wiping marks away, then overpainting, reworking, scratching and scoring. It is about the actual pleasure of paint, bold or fragile. It can appear to be, and often is, intuitive and spontaneous but there is a counterpoint of order.
Camilla graduated with BA (Hons) Visual and Cultural Studies (1st class) from the University of Gloucestershire in 1993 and went on to gain MA Ceramics from University of Wolverhampton in 1999. Her ceramic works have been exhibited throughout the UK since 1996, and her paintings are now being shown at selected galleries.
Camilla Ward lives and work in Cheltenham and her paintings are being shown for the first time in St Ives and Cornwall.