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Toby Ward

Toby Ward, like his Father, is a highly educated artist ”

Godfrey Barker

Leading art critic and journalist

Toby Ward is already well known for his portraiture, sitters include H.M. The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and he was the recording artist for H.R.H. The prince of Wales. He is a highly accomplished artist, inspired by his father, the great John Ward R.A. "Technically our works are similar but there's no confusion " - not least because his father painted from models, and Toby so much from his imagination. He is regularly invited to become artist in residence by institutions such as the U.N. Peace keeping force in Bosnia, The National Trust, the Royal Opera House. the Mercers Company, the Athenaeum Club, St. Martins in the Field and the Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

Toby's paintings are observations of human types, rather than accurate portrayals of 'real people'. His own enthusiasm for cycling is reflected in many of his works, we see Tour de France style races passing through welcoming Italian landscapes.  Another thing Toby is fascinated by is the complex problem solving in arranging crowds and groups of heads and he has studied depth and perspective in Mantegna, Brouwer, Pieter Breughel and Steen.