City Hall Gallery to feature art from Paul Ward

Paul Ward of San Diego has been selected for a one-man show at the Encinitas City Hall Gallery, which will kick off with a reception on Aug. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at City Hall, 505 Vulcan Ave.

Presented by the Visual Art Selection Committee of the City of Encinitas Civic Arts Program, the show, “Ethereal Abstraction,” will run until Oct. 19.

One of six regional fine artists chosen from 53 applicants by a juried process of the Encinitas Arts Commission and Community Representatives — each of the six artists will receive a separate exhibition — Ward is an abstract expressionist color field painter, with years of national and international exposure.

As a student, Ward was strongly influenced by the art of Morris Louis, Helen Frankenthaler, Paul Jenkins, Hans Hoffman and Jackson Pollock, and the late works of Claude Monet and sculptor August Rodin have also been inspirations to his art.

Ward’s current work emphasizes the use of color, in order to create composition and imagery that “takes on a life of its own on the canvas.” In nearly every painting, a textural focus evolves that seems impossible to create with a brush, and imagery that tends to go beyond the canvas.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1938, Ward served in the U.S. Navy and has studied and worked in San Diego, New York City, Boston, San Francisco and Birmingham, and traveled throughout Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean, spending considerable time in London, Paris, Florence and Madrid. He has three sons, Adam, Alex and Josh.

To see Ward’s work or get more information, visit