Ovid Osborn Ward grew up in Virginia and spent summers at his grandparents' home on Martha's Vineyard. There he was fascinated by rooms filled with artifacts from around the world, brought home by one of his grandfather's many whale ships.
Inspired by this and nurturing a lifelong fascination with art and design, Mr. Ward began his career in 1968 with a Master's Degree in Industrial Design as an automotive stylist at the Chrysler Corporation. In the early seventies, he moved to San Francisco, and won a competition to redesign the Oakland waterfront. He then returned to the East Coast and worked as a marine architect for Hatteras Yachts. He moved permanently to Martha's Vineyard in 1974 and began bringing his own vision to fruition. He has since independently designed and built 24 one of a kind boats for sports fishing. He also designed and piloted the speed boat that set the outstanding record around Martha's Vineyard.
In 1990, Mr. Ward turned his considerable talent and energy full time to the visual arts. Now a prolific marine artist and sculptor, his eclectic work also includes seascapes and landscapes, architectural detail, and renderings of machines of speed and beauty. Bringing his training in design and impeccable technique to bear on his work, his realistic representations are dynamic and engaging. He brings a unique perspective to each piece, never failing to delight with the surprise of an unexpected focal point or a skewed angle. His deep roots on the vineyard and love of place allows him to capture the particular colors of the Island waters, clouds, and light in his kinetic paintings. The primary medium for the body of his work is acrylic on board. Recently, in conjunction with the Martha's Vineyard Bass and Bluefish Derby, the artist painted a series of the four Derby fish, and ran a limited edition set of prints.
In 1993, using the same techniques which brought him success in marine design, Mr. Ward sculpted the full-scale fluke of a sounding whale, that has been mounted by the harbor in Edgartown. Miniature reproductions in cold cast bronze are also created by the artist.
Ovid Ward is a member of:
Copley Society of Art
International Guild of Realism
American Society of Marine Artist
"Part of my success is largely due to the accuracy in detail, proportions, and scale of the boats in my paintings. The rigging is right, the perspective is right and the water looks real because of my experience designing and building boats and growing up on the Vineyard.
I've always thought my paintings will be considered "slices" of history in the future because they are accurate and represent the realism of the surroundings that I paint."
I grew up spending the winters in Roanoke Virginia and the summers at Grandma's on Martha's Vineyard.
I can't remember when I wasn't fascinated with boats and the water. As a kid I built innumerable model boats from scratch. Later I went to a design college in California to learn how to design products for mass production.
After college in the late sixties I went to work as a "stylist" for Chrysler Corp. designing cars then on to designing for Hatteras Yachts, Crestliner Boats and Vineyard Yachts, there building Wasque sport fishing boats in Vineyard Haven.
Always wanting to build boats that I designed, I struck out on my own and built 24, one of a kind, custom built "sport fishing boats" of my own design in a large barn along with 8 racing, 31 foot, sailing tri-marans here on Martha's Vineyard.
Having done paintings for the walls of my house, I was asked on Christmas if I would put them in a show for local artists. I did and my art career took off, but not before creating the life size "Whale Sculpture" across from the town wharf in Edgartown with left over boat building materials.
Now working as a full time artist, I have been very successful with my marine paintings and have a very enjoyable life style.
Part of my success is largely due to the accuracy in detail, proportions, and scale of the boats in my paintings. The rigging is right, the perspective is right and the water looks real because of my experience designing and building boats and growing up on the Vineyard.
I've always thought my paintings will be considered "slices" of history in the future because they are accurate and represent the realism of the surroundings that I paint.
My greatest pleasure is the enjoyment people have when they hang my paintings in their homes.