Through from the Bedroom is a small but intriguing painting from a man who spent his early life at sea. With expressive use of oil paint, Eric depicts an intimate view through a bedroom towards a seated woman in another room. The end of the brass bedstead keeps the viewer at a slight distance, yet the angles of the door and fireplace draw the eyes towards the seated subject in the distance. With an intimacy which recalls the Campden Town Group, the interior is, however, contrastingly filled with sunlight, evocative of the bright, reflected light so characteristically found in seaside locations.
Eric Ward was born in 1945 in the picturesque fishing village of St Ives, Cornwall, (now a hub for artists). At 19 he joined the local RNLI as a lifeboatman, retiring as Coxswain after 34 years of service. In 1987 he enrolled in the St Ives School of painting (an art school established in 1938 by two WWI officers who promised, if they survived the trenches, to spend the rest of their lives painting in St Ives).
Despite a late start, Eric’s work has received widespread approbation, in 1996 the BBC2 series, Video Diaries, released Oils and Oilskins, which featured his life and work. Eric’s subjects include seascapes as you would expect, but also still lifes and, as shown here, interiors with people. He is a member of the St Ives Society of Artists and the Chelsea Arts Club, and has exhibited and sold nationally.
Dimensions (approximate): Image: H:25cm, W:19cm. Framed H:34cm, W:29cm, D:4cm
Oil on board
Framed, moulded, limed wood frame with gold detail, unglazed
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