Born and bred in St Ives, Cornwall, Eric Ward is one of a very small group of native professional artists. After retiring from life-long service to the community and seas around it, as fisherman, coxswain and harbourmaster of the St Ives lifeboat, he was able to devote himself full-time to his studio work. 

He began showing his work with Leon SUDDABY at Marazion in 1994, and continued with exhibitions thereafter.  In 1996 the exhibition was in parallel with the BBC programme Video Diaries, Oil and Oilskin, the life of Eric Ward (life with the lifeboat and his art), that increased interest in his paintings of the world around him. His work was shown at Rainyday Gallery, Penzance in 1999.

In 2003 Halsgrove published Eric Ward's St Ives from his studio and beyond, telling the story of his life through coloured plates of his work.


Painter of the female form, landscape, coastal and harbour scenes, and figures

works and access

Publication: Eric Ward's St Ives;

WCAA Founding Art Auction (2004), Queen's Hotel (Donor)

2010: Morning Tide, St Ives, gifted to Mariners Gallery for 'Six Donated Pictures Raffle' for building repairs

Penlee House: Clodgy Point, St Ives (1994)


2019: Imagine Falmouth, Falmouth Art Gallery (23 Nov-18 Jan)

2020: Eric Ward - About St Ives, Belgrave St Ives (June - online)




(2003) Eric Ward's St Ives from his studio and beyond Halsgrove Publishers

(2010) STISA Raffle contributor

Public Catalogue Foundation (PCF) Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly: Oil Paintings in Public Ownership

W H Lane Sales Catalogue 23 Apr 2004 WCAA