Sally Ward is a contemporary artist, specialising in portraits and the figure. Her work has been exhibited by the Royal Society of Portrait Painters at the Mall Galleries in London a number of times over recent years. She was also a finalist in Sky Portrait Artist of the Year, Series 7, 2020. Her sitters were model and presenter Melanie Sykes; Booker Prize winner, Bernardine Evaristo, and: actor, comedian, and political activist, Eddie Izzard. Her work was highly commended as part of the prestigious Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize in 2021. She will again be exhibiting at The Mall Galleries in London this autumn with the Society of Women Artists. She also writes for national arts magazine, The Artist.
Sally studied Music at Cambridge University, staying on to undertake an M.Phil. in Musicology after her degree. As an artist, she is self-taught. While in demand for private commissions, she has also developed a body of her own work focusing on portraits of close family, friends and herself. She enjoys the emotional intimacy of these works; her aim being to create a sensitive and honest portrayal of her subject, focusing on natural expression. Sally often uses a limited, contemporary palette and strong light sources to convey the solidity, form and presence of her sitter. Sally works in oils, watercolour and charcoal.
Read more about Sally in Press articles and interviews.
A list of exhibitions and commissions is available in Sally’s CV.