Neil Ward was born and grew-up in Ipswich.

As a young boy he spent his time drawing, painting and, in the process of making models, covering friends in plaster of Paris!

He has always had a deep love of art yet, despite this, he spent a number of years exploring the world of science (he studied physics) and business (he became a Fellow of The Institute of Health Studies at Hull University and a visiting Fellow of the Business School).

In 1999, Neil sought a different route in life. Since that time he has written and, in the past few years, has worked alongside the potter Ben Arnup and the landscape painter Piers Browne. He became close friends with knowledgable and skilled artist Anne Whipp, until her death in 2010 - as he sought to further develop his own knowledge.

Neil has developed a style of pot making that has been much admired, and continues to develop his oil painting. However, late in 2009 he produced a couple of illustrations that became instantly commended. He was asked to produce cards – which promptly sold out.
He continued to develop these illustrations into what has now become the popular
Flat Life series.

York Open Studios 2011 saw the first public exhibition of a developing series – one that is continuing to grow and blossom. It now includes a set of four coasters, Giclée prints, a set of six Fine Bone China Mugs by
Hudson & Middleton of Stoke-on-Trent, as well as cards – all based upon a novel and developing illustrative technique.

Neil has won numerous competitions for his illustrations, ceramics, writing and photography. His work is held in private and public collections throughout the United Kingdom as well as continental Europe.

Neil lives - in a flat - in central York.

If you wish to write to Neil, then please feel free to do so by filling in details on the
contact page.

Thank you for your interest in his work.