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Mairi Ward: Born 1980 on the Isle of Man, British Isles, her family migrated to Australia in the early 80’s. Mairi is a painter and ceramic artist, living and working from her studio in Launceston, Tasmania. Mairi has travelled in South East Asia, Nepal, China, North Africa, England, Ireland and Spain. These travels have had a strong influence on her art practice.

Mairi exhibits regularly and has received a number of commissions, scholarships and awards including: an Australian Postgraduate Award to undertake a Masters of Fine Arts at the University of Tasmania, completed in 2011; an ArtStart grant from the Australia Council for the Arts in 2013; Five Arts Tasmania Assistance to Individuals grants; had paintings selected for three Tasmanian Government public art commissions and has been selected as a finalist in the 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2015 Glover painting prize.  Download CV: Mairi_Ward_CV_2017

Artist Statement: ‘I paint intuitively, as a response to the environment I live in, from the perspective that I am inseparable from it. The paintings are abstract works composed of intricate layers of overlapping and interlocking forms and colours. My paintings are moments of personal freedom. They are about being present and in the moment.

My ceramic objects are slip cast Cool Ice porcelain, with glazed interiors and hand polished exteriors. I create digital surface designs using imagery from my paintings and have them printed as decals. The decals are applied to the ceramic surfaces before a third firing. Each piece is unique. They are made to be used and enjoyed.’

Upcoming exhibit at the Asia Contemporary Art Show in Hong Kong March 23rd – 26th 2018: http://www.asiacontemporaryart.com/artists/artist/Mairi_Ward/en/

Represented in Tasmania by Handmark Gallery (www.handmark.com.au).

If you would like information about upcoming exhibitions email: mairiward8@yahoo.com.au




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