☛ Michael Ward: “SIN”, acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 30″, 2010. © Michael Ward.
On his blog, Michael Ward added the following comment to this painting:
One in a series of partial paintings of signs. This one is the Sincere Trading Company in Chinatown in Los Angeles. Cropping it, and changing the sign color from green to red, changes the meaning a bit. The dilapidated and peeling paint adds another moral comment. Not sure what the lightbulb symbolizes, maybe knowledge, in which case this become a take on the “original” sin. (Michael Ward Artwork: “Partial Sign Series” July 7, 2010).
Michael Ward currently lives and works in Costa Mesa, California. For more one can read an interview he gave to Art In The OC: “Local Artist Interview with Michael Ward” (August 10, 2011). He also produced a book with a good selection of his paintings (see on his blog “The Brag Book”, February 3, 2011). The book titled The Mystery of the Ordinary can be downloaded in PDF at Issuu (the book can be read online by anyone but one must sign in with Issuu in order to download a PDF copy). There also more to read about the way he works on the page of his “Walkabout” solo show (held at Gallery 825 from October 18 to November 14, 2008).