Jeremy Kirwan-Ward

Australia, 1949

Jeremy Kirwan-Ward lives in North Beach and has a studio in South Fremantle.

For the last thirty years his work has revolved around his connection with a coastal existence- paintings that evoke the complexities of weather and the endlessness of spectral phenomena. While predominantly determined by colour, outcomes are a result of solving problems, so intuition rides alongside formal structure. He has worked with silk-screen prints, sculpture, photography and digital prints but remains, very much, a painter. In addition to his individual practice, he works collaboratively with his life partner, Helen Smith, producing large scale wallworks .

Since leaving school, Jeremy Kirwan-Ward has worked as a surveyor’s assistant in the forests of Mundaring, went to Art School, did a stint as a surveyor’s assistant in the Pilbara, spent some time as a public relations officer in an iron-ore town, went travelling through Asia and the Middle East, lived in London, went to Art School, was a conscientious objector, got married, worked as a designer in the Museum, taught painting in Art Schools, lived in the UK and Netherlands, had three children, learned how to be a furniture polisher, lived in Gujarat, was a sound engineer for two bands, taught painting in Art Schools and had twenty solo exhibitions.
His work can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Scotland, the Art Gallery of WA, all the Universities, Bankwest, Wesfarmers, Holmes a Court, Kerry Stokes, Office of the Premier, City of Fremantle, City of Perth, King Edward Memorial Hospital and various private collections in Australia, India and the UK.