James Ward

British illustrator James Ward utilises his interest in natural history and narrative as a starting point for creating his artworks that often involve anthromorphising animal subjects. Transposing his illustrations onto a variety of different surfaces – including ceramics and paper – Ward has certainly tapped into a hidden animal subjectivity. My favourite works are his hand drawn side plates in which he employs his detailed and life-life illustration style to draw attention to the plight of wolves who just want a wee peck at a biscuit, cake-loving reindeer and sandwich-obsessed bears and mice. So next time you’re having a picnic in the woods spare a thought for the woodlands creatures hankering for a hit of sugar. When they come running up to you, foaming at the mouth with a crazed look in their eyes, just remember: they’re not after you – just what’s in your picnic basket.

A selection of Ward’s prints and crockery are available for purchase through his online shop.


4 Comments James Ward

  1. Gerlin August 31, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    That first one is GENIUS! When I see plates like these (or those others you posted) I consider asking them for my birthday next month. And I don’t even have a place of my own yet!

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  3. Danica van de Velde September 1, 2010 at 7:34 AM

    @ Gerlin Perhaps you can consider a glory box? I’ll keep my fingers crossed that someone buys you some plates for your birthday.

  4. James Ward September 9, 2010 at 8:43 AM

    Thank you so much for such a cool write-up, I have just gone self employed and this has given me quite the boost! Kind Regards

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