Cathy Ward

The Good Luck Gallery is proud to present:

September 5 – October 3, 2015
Reception: September 5, 7 – 10PM


The mesmerizing scratchboard drawings of Cathy Ward pull the viewer into a realm of dizzyingly complicated beauty that exudes both spirituality and sensuality. Beginning as depictions of hair, these etherealized tracts of psychic space assume cosmic dimensions, arrived at by an unusual process of scraping at a surface of black India ink to uncover layers of white china clay.

Although she attended college Ward has been embraced by the visionary art community owing to the intuitive nature, sheer power and undeniable originality of her work. The artist’s background includes a harsh and affecting convent education under the Sisters of Mercy, a turbulent psychological history, and formative years spent on the margins of British youth culture in the company of punks, pagans and bikers.

With these starkly swirling masses and intricate atmospheric disturbances, Ward has created a highly personal and immersive realm of vibrant spectral abstraction, quite unlike anything else in the world of art, or any other world. She has exhibited widely in Europe & internationally. This, her first solo show in the United States, should definitely be viewed as a major event.


Download PDF article: RawVision issue # 85 article by Doug Harvey
MEMORIALS GROWN FROM CLAY AND INK: Cathy Ward’s art is both rebellion and celebration by Doug Harvey

Selection from Cathy Ward’s CV:
‘Spontaneity, Introspection and the Medium of Drawing’ (2014) presentation and discussion with Outside In, CGP London
‘Madge Gill – Medium and Visionary’, Artist-in-Residence, Orleans House, Richmond, London (2013-14)
Entangled – Within the Liberty Realm of Cathy Ward’ by Dr Robert Wallis for SAP Limited Edition monograph (2012)
‘Sacred Pastures’ (2008) The Chamber of Pop Culture, The Horse Hospital, London
‘Talespinning’ (2004) The Drawing Center, New York
‘Herworld’ (2003) Artesian Visionary and Grass Roots Gallery, Edinburgh