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b. 1956, New Zealand

Vincent Ward Biography

Vincent Ward is an interdisciplinary visual artist who developed a unique aesthetic in ‘motion painting’ that won his team an Academy Award for special effects in 1999 for its use in the film What Dreams May Come.

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Ward trained as a painter before studying animation and filmmaking, graduating with honours in Fine Arts from Canterbury University in 1980. Through painting he found his way into filmmaking. Ward says his films have been a starting point for fresh exploration in his new mixed media art work:

“Somewhere between the world of motion, film and painting I am currently working to find an alchemical marriage between these different media,”

Long-held fascinations with metamorphosis and immersive experience have inspired Ward to create a physically imposing series of images evoking otherworldly landscapes, transcendence, acute moments of loss and discovery; seeking elusive ‘transformational moments’ that connect with the human psyche.

Vincent Ward In Ocula Magazine

Vincent Ward at Trish Clark Gallery, Auckland Ocula Insight Vincent Ward at Trish Clark Gallery, Auckland By Anna Dickie, Auckland

When I first met artist Vincent Ward he appeared to be at an impasse. Well known as a filmmaker, he was navigating a transition back into painting, battling against himself to achieve everything he wanted his painting to be, and unsure of how to get there. He had just returned from showing his exhibition, Auckland Station: Destinies Lost and...

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Vincent Ward Ocula Conversation Vincent Ward By Anna Dickie

Vincent Ward is best known as an internationally acclaimed film director and screenwriter, earning both critical acclaim and festival attention for his often dark, but memorable films. Vigil,  The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey and Map of the Human Heart were officially selected for the Cannes Film Festival; and What Dreams May Come...

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Vincent Ward In Related Press

Vincent Ward: 'Breath - The Fleeting Intensity of Life' at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand Related Press Vincent Ward: 'Breath - The Fleeting Intensity of Life' at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand 7 January 2012, The Listener

New Plymouth’s Govett-Brewster Art Gallery is a safe haven for our most uncompromising contemporary artists – a place where seriously ambitious and conceptual work can unfurl freely. So it’s a little surprising its summer programme is dedicated to someone without many art world credentials: film-maker Vincent Ward. Breath: The...

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