Ward’s work derives from multiple preliminary works, sketches, oil pastel studies, and collages with influences in Minimalism and Colour Field Painting. The construction of collages builds the foundations of the distinct flat planes of each painting, expansive space, and colour. Key influences from Matisse and Ellsworth Kelly, manipulation and control of line, alongside readings of Michael Fried – Art and Objecthood, link to the physical material of oil paint. Ward was recently awarded It’s Nice That’s Graduate Prize 2017.
The relationships between colour and form drive Morgan Ward’s paintings. The artist looks at how these communicate and inform, with the expansion of space both physically and in abstract, the work addresses in part how the illusion of a two-dimensional canvas surface can depict a three-dimensional space to the viewer.