Sally Ward is a contemporary artist based in London, specialising in portraiture. Her work has been exhibited by the Royal Society of Portrait Painters (RP) at their Annual Exhibition in 2019 and 2020 at the Mall Galleries in London. Last year she was featured by the RP as their “Female Artist of the Day” to promote the 2020 exhibition. Sally was also a finalist in Sky Portrait Artist of the Year, Series 7, 2020. During the competition her sitters were: model and presenter Melanie Sykes; Booker Prize winner, Bernardine Evaristo, and: actor, comedian, and political activist, Eddie Izzard. She is also a member of the Kingston Artists Open Studios. Sally works primarily in oils, charcoal and watercolour and while her focus is portraiture and the figure, she also enjoys exploring other subjects such as landscape and animals.
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 recently 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.