Ward Nichols is a hyper-realist oil painter who charms his audience with views of landscape and still life paintings that depict a fading past; embracing the viewer in the same desire to hold on to the best of the remembered rural past.
No. 3 Machine
- Oil on canvas
20 x 28 in
Country landscapes, structures and objects recalling our heritage are a few of the subjects depicted in the representational paintings by Ward H. Nichols. His realistic images illustrate his astute attention to detail and his desire to record a time past, a lifestyle almost forgotten.
Nichols has been painting professionally for over thirty years. Nichols has won more than thirty major awards, including the Grumbacher Award of Merit for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts. He has served as Artist in Residence at the University of Indiana, The Greenbriar (WV) and West Liberty College (WV).
His work is included in the collections of the Huntington Museum of Art (WVA), Springfield Museum of Art (MA), Daytona Speed Museum (FL), El Paso Museum of Art (TX), Gutenberg Museum (Germany) and the Russell Museum (UK). Nichols’ work has been exhibited at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Birmingham Museum of Art (AL), Roanoke Fine Art Center (VA), Asheville Museum of Art (NC), Hickory Museum of Art (NC) and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (NC). Ward currently works from his studio in North Carolina.
“I feel like at times I am a documentary painter because so often I’ll go back to the same subject years later and it’s no longer there – it’s gone. I feel like, in a way, I’ve saved that barn or that object. I continue to follow a natural inclination towards a variety of subjects and I appreciate the differences and challenges presented by each.”