Jeremy Kirwan-Ward

Revolving around his connection with a coastal existence, Jeremy Kirwan-Ward's paintings evoke the complexities of weather and the endlessness of spectral phenomena. While predominantly determined by colour, outcomes are a result of problem-solving, allowing intuition to ride alongside formal structure.

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View with a Room 2, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 137 x 154cm
View with a Room 2, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 137 x 154cm | Jeremy Kirwan-Ward

Jeremy Kirwan-Ward was born in 1949 in Midland, Western Australia. He completed his Associateship in Fine Art at the Western Australian Institute of Technology (now Curtin University) in 1971. Jeremy’s first exhibition was with Giles Hohnen at Skinner Gallery in Perth and he has since maintained a regular exhibiting practice in Australia and overseas. He currently paints from a studio in Fremantle.

Jeremy’s work revolves around his connection with a coastal existence - paintings that that evoke the complexities of weather and the endlessness of spectral phenomena. While predominantly determined by colour, outcomes are a result of problem-solving, allowing intuition to ride alongside formal structure. He has worked across mediums - using printmaking, sculpture and photography across his five-decade long career - however he remains, very much, a painter.

Travel has helped to shape new directions for his painting. In 1989 Jeremy undertook a six-month artist residency at Kanoria Centre for Arts in India, and has been awarded residencies at Artspace, Sydney, Institut fur Alles Mogliche, Germany and Point B, USA.

Jeremy is a member of the Australian Centre for Concrete Art, for which he creates large-scale wall works on his own and collaboratively with artist Helen Smith.

His work can be found in institutional and corporate collections such as the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Scotland, the Art Gallery of WA, Artbank, The University of Western Australia, Murdoch University, Curtin University, Bankwest, Wesfarmers, Holmes a Court, Kerry Stokes, Office of the Premier, City of Fremantle, City of Perth, King Edward Memorial Hospital.

The artist monograph 'Jeremy Kirwan-Ward: You Can See it From Here' was published by Art Collective WA in 2017 and can be purchased through our gallery and at various bookstores and online outlets.