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Born in West Yorkshire, England, David immigrated to Canada in 1977. In 1985 and 1986 he studied Graphic Design at George Brown College, Toronto, and pursued a career in the world of commercial art. Illustration quickly became the primary focus of his work, book covers mainly, for publishing firms such as Penguin and Viking Press. Despite early successes, Ward left commercial art behind in October 1988 and moved to the artist colony of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. There he spent much of his time at the two local art schools, Las Bellas Artes and the now famous Instituto Allende, where Toni Onley studied in the fifties. A winter in Mexico resulted in numerous paintings (west coast landscapes) and a collection of short stories.

The artist's twenty-seven year career has been shaped by his extensive travels. He is known primarily for painting the more remote corners of North America: from the windswept coastline of the British Columbia to maritime outposts in the east, the Canadian arctic to the American Southwest. Today, his paintings depict a much wider range of subjects and often explore mythological themes. His works can be found in numerous private, corporate and public collections, among them:

Permanent Public Collections
Gail Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea.
The Vancouver Maritime Museum, Vancouver.
The Rooms. The Provincial Art Gallery in St. John's, Newfoundland.
The Manx National Art Gallery Douglas, Isle of Man.
The Government of Ontario Art Collection
Toronto, Ontario
The Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
Toronto, Ontario.
The 'Crown Collection', Official Residences of the Governor General of Canada Ottawa, Ontario.
Selected Corporate Collections
Canadian Tire Corporation
Deloitte & Touche
McDonalds Canada
Richardson GMP
Shaw Corp
Selected Museum Exhibitions
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
"Birds in Art" exhibitions, Wisconsin.
Thomas Gilcrease Museum
“American Art in Miniature”, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
National Park Academy of the Arts
“Arts for the Parks” Jackson, Wyoming.
Algonquin Art Gallery
Annual exhibitions, Algonquin Park Gallery.
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Artist in residence program 2006.
Polar Artist Group 2007.
Peabody Essex Museum
Arctic ideas - Journey To The Ends Of The Earth
Salem, Massachusetts. 2008

David is represented in Toronto, Winnipeg and Calgary by Loch Gallery

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