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 Velox Benjamin Ward  (1901 - )

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Lived/Active: Texas      Known for: naive rural genre-views

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Velox Benjamin Ward
from Auction House Records.
Couple on Wagon
Artwork images are copyright of the artist or assignee
Biography from Heritage Auctions (
Velox Ward, Sr. was a self-taught memory painter.  In 1960, Ward began painting at age 59 at the request of his family.  Like many other great Folk artists, Ward turned to his memories of growing up in rural East Texas during the early part of the twentieth century. 

He is known youthful recollections of his community, including outdoor scenes of ginning cotton, tending a garden, butchering meat, and napping on the porch. 

Unlike most other memory painters, he refused to rely on the idealized nostalgia of days gone by and strove to infuse his work with as much realism as possible.

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In some ways Velox Ward is Texas's answer to Grandma Moses. He began his first painting at the age of sixty in order to make a gift for his grand-daughter. Within several years Ward was recognized as a major creative contributor to the genre of 'folk art' or 'primitivism'. Today such major institutions as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, and the Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, include examples of Ward's art in their permanent collections.

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