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Eldon Ward

June 10, 2010

Eldon Ward will be at Art Lab Loveland from June 11- July 9th.

I’m currently painting salvaged hollow-core doors and other recycled building materials with water-based paints.  I like the idea of windows and doors conveying us – visually and/or physically – between the security of indoor space to the less certain world outside. The ‘window’ format indicates – as with anything in life – we don’t really see the whole of what we’re looking at: We make assumptions to fill the gaps and guess what may be beyond the frame of our view. Very often what we can see includes some relationship between the natural and build environments.

Primarily, the idea of a painting is to create an interesting image – something that may spark the curiosity of a viewer at a glance and prove to be worth a longer look and/or repeated viewing.  Interest may be generated by some combination of composition, form, color, subject matter, references to contrasting elements (built or natural, busy or simple, inside or outside, light or dark, geometric or organic, and so on), repetitive shapes, size, materials, and/or just plain luck.

I received a Fine Arts degree from CSU in 1975 and am returning to painting after a 30-year career as an urban designer – I owned Cityscape Urban Design for 25 of those years. I’ve served on the Boards of Directors of the Fort Collins Housing Commission, Downtown Development Authority, Fort Collins Inc., and the High Plains Environmental Center in Loveland. I was named Fort Collins “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 1994

In the late 70s, my abstract/geometric paintings were purchased by the Fort Collins Public Library and Colorado State University; and large-scale wall graphics were commissioned by a number of businesses in the Colorado Front Range between 1973 and 1980.

In a Canberra art museum I recently saw work by indigenous Australians who – for various reasons – only began completing or showing their art when they were beyond the age of 50.  The exhibit was called “Emerging Elders”.  I guess – if I need a label – “Emerging Elder” is something to shoot for.  Emerging is the tricky part though: Isn’t it?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 10, 2010 2:00 am

    Love that “emerging elder” piece! Judging from this sample, can’t wait to see more your work. Thanks for participating in this awesome new venue.

  2. June 11, 2010 7:32 pm

    Thanks Maryjo; Hope to meet you soon.

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