Wednesday, April 2, 2014

From Aston to Annapolis: Bill Ward Returns to the Spotlight

It’s been a hard road for Bill Ward in recent times, but the man is ready to rise again.
After being sidelined for several months due to major surgery, Ward made a very welcome return to the public eye in January when he graced the stage at NAMM to receive a Legend Award at the Bonzo BashNow, he is gearing up to travel east for a special art event at the Annapolis Collection Gallery in Annapolis, MD. On May 9 and 10, Ward will appear at the gallery to discuss his fine art series, Absence of Corners.
As previously reported on this site, Ward unveiled Absence of Corners last August. Boasting 15 fine art pieces, Absence of Corners was created by Ward in collaboration with the Los Angeles-based visual art team SceneFour. Billed as “a collection of rhythm on canvas,” the series grew from Ward’s use of an array of drumsticks and rhythmic accessories that produced light. The movements featured within the captured rhythms were then studied and developed into abstract artwork.
When I spoke with Ward last summer, he told me how doing Absence of Corners helped him deal with some of the intense emotions he felt after stepping away from the reunion of the original Black Sabbath lineup in 2012.
“The biggest thing that I've definitely felt from this [art series project] is I've got a new peace of mind,” he said. “It's been extremely therapeutic. If I have to put anything on the very top of the tree, it would be 'therapeutic'… It's really helped me a lot in some of the upheaval that I've felt since January 2012 up until now. I've had some very, very tough emotions; I've been very, very sad about some of the things that have happened. I know I've had to be kind of close-mouthed about the things going on with Sabbath… For me, it's been a very difficult time, as I'm sure [it's been] for a number of other people. I'm not discounting the other people in this, but for myself, it's been very, very tough. I had no idea that by doing this project, it would turn out to be something that was actually quite personal and quite revealing.
On May 9, Ward will appear at the Annapolis Collection Gallery from 1pm to 2pm and 6pm to 7pm for two discussions on his art. These events are free and open to the public. From 8pm to 10pm that evening, a special invitation-only VIP art reception will be held for guests who’ve purchased art from the Absence of Corners collection. VIP attendees will spend time with Ward and be photographed as he signs their art.
On May 10, Ward will make two public appearances at the Gallery (1pm-2pm, 6pm-7pm) following a morning (10:15am-11am) interview at the location with NPR/WYPR. From 8pm to 10pm that evening, a second invitation-only VIP event will be held exclusively for buyers to spend time with him and be photographed. Prices for the art range from $200 to $1,500. Guests can purchase art in advance of the VIP events HERE. More information on the schedule of events is available HERE
The Annapolis Collection Gallery is located at 55 West St., Annapolis, MD. For more information, please contact Katherine Burke at (410) 280-1414 or email

Photo courtesy of Bill Ward


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