founded in 1927 
Eric Ward was born in 1945 in St Ives, Cornwall, where he has lived for most of his life. After leaving school, he worked as a fisherman until 1985 when he became St Ives Harbour Master. In 1964 he joined the RNLI as a St Ives Lifeboatman, was promoted to Coxswain in 1989 and retired after 34 years of service in 2000. Always interested in art, Eric started painting in 1987 at the St Ives School of Painting. Since then his work has been shown widely, and he has expanded into etching. In 1996 BBC 2 featured Eric’s life. “Oils and Oilskins”, on Video Diaries. The programme was acclaimed by The Times. This year, Halsgrove published a large-format 144-page book including 100 paintings in full colour and entitled Eric Ward’s St Ives: From His Studio and Beyond. 
Main Exhibitions: Coves Quay Gallery, Salcombe; Belgrave Gallery, St Ives; Glasshouse Gallery, Truro; Out of the Blue, Marazion; Tregony Gallery; The One Below, London; Mid Cornwall Galleries, St Austell; Sims Gallery, St Ives; Hallam Gallery, London. The Printmakers Gallery, St Ives; The Fowey River Gallery; and the Sims Gallery, St Ives. 
Group Exhibitions include: The Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro; Out of the Blue, Marazion; Maltby Gallery, Winchester; Glass House Gallery, Truro; Rainy Day Gallery, Penzance; Albemarle Gallery, London; Bankstreet Gallery, Sevenoaks; Wren Gallery, Oxfordshire; Walker Galleries, Harrogate; Cassian Gallery, Lincoln; On Line Gallery, Southampton; Srmada Gallery, Plymouth: Lentesalon 94 City Art Expo, Antwerp; Portshcatho Gallery, Cornwall; Leon Suddaby Fine Art, St Ives and Penwith Gallery, St Ives. 
Mixed Exhibitions include: Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, London; Roman Schmelter Galerie, Germany; Salthouse Gallery, St Ives; Orion Gallery, Newlyn; Eye Gallery, Bristol; Wills Lane Gallery, St Ives; New Craftsman, St Ives and Broad Street Gallery, Penryn. 
Eric’s work is in the public collections of Penlee House Museum, Penzance; Grey College, Durham University and Westfield Grant Maintained School. Eric is a member of the Chelsea Arts Club in London. 
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