ward roberts

ward roberts is an independent conceptual artist who creates exquisitely composed photographs drawing on themes such as the effects of loneliness and isolation in the modern world.

the artist’s perspective is fresh and engaging, the sophisticated aesthetic are often contradicted by subtle unscripted moments. a soft drenched colour pallet is a common theme. there is an innate energy at the core of his work, one which is harnessed and marshaled into every detail in the composition. roberts’ work is in many ways a rebuttal of the prevailing trend of urban, gritty style contemporary photography. there is a dichotomy at play in his fine art images which simultaneously recall the mastery of medium and calculated patience of remote academic painters, yet his subjects and presentation feel completely new and contemporary.

ward is currently based in new york.

select clients

calvin klein
new yorker
new york magazine
document journal


2019 museum of fine arts, stars that paint, russia
2019 space place, sicklove, russia
2018 aperture foundation, the new vanguard, ny
2018 texas contemporary, texas
2018 flotsam, ten over six, texas
2017 flotsam, private exhibition, la
2016 cartography, ten over six, la
2016 courts, ten over six, texas
2016 fresh faces, saatchi art, la
2015 art basel, w hotel, miami
2015 bowness, mga, melbourne
2015 we are the guys x gustafson, walls, amsterdam
2015 courts, chasm, new york
2015 cashmachine, los angeles
2015 courts, walls, netherlands
2014 courts, nike x pigalle, paris
2014 courts, tunica, new york
2014 qcp, photo l.a, los angeles
2013 mbh, emerging collectors, new york
2013 henley club, commissioned installation, melbourne
2013 kiblind color is color, sergeant paper, paris
2012 thousand, edmund pearce, melbourne
2012 young collectors, leila heller gallery, new york

2012 signal 8, cat street gallery, hong kong
2012 territory, edmund pearce, melbourne
2012 group show, scott livesey gallery, melbourne
2011 we are one, camel art space, new york
2011 the gallery shop, brunswick, melbourne
2011 art prize, bsg, melbourne
2011 rob mcnamara, field, melbourne
2011 noir festival, arnold hall, new york
2011 private exhibition solo (sell out), melbourne
2010 holiday salon, milk Gallery, new york
2010 courts, acga solo, federation square, melbourne
2010 sixteen, somedays, sydney
2010 red, the center of fine art photography, colarado
2010 cat street gallery, kong kong international art fair, hong kong
2010 renaissance, the hospital club, london
2009 xto-farmani, new york
2009 projections, saatchi and saatchi, sydney
2009 san pellegrino cafe society, national gallery, melbourne
2008 blind sp t rmit graduate, no vacancy, melbourne
2008 san pellegrino cafe-society, tolarnogallery, melbourne
2005 plant magic, domain house, the age, melbourne
2004 diegesis, federation square, melbourne

selected press

2018 cnn, stars that paint
2018 new york magazine, flotsam
2018 garage, stars that paint
2017 ft, flotsam
2017 guardian, flotsam
2017 vogue
2017 wwd, flotsam
2016 w magazine, courts 02
2016 cnn, courts 02
2016 t magazine, courts 02
2016 elle magazine, june
2016 wallpaper
2016 autre
2015 another mag
2015 blaaah issue 02, brooklyn
2015 affix issue 2, melbourne
2015 the young ones issue 02, melbourne
2015 topshelf, new york
2015 perdiz, issue 5, barcelona
2015 oak street, no. 03, new york
2014 1985 artists, brooklyn

2014 huffington post,
a conversation about maximum minimalism
2014 fisheye issue 06, paris
2014 victionary palette 05, hong kong
2014 visual archive issue 2, boltimore
2013 blast issue 34, paris
2013 tifo issue 1, canada
2013 blink issue 26, korea
2013 tunica issue 2, brooklyn
2013 posh issue 44, mexico
2013 darwin issue 3, cardiff
2012 kiblind (cover) issue 43, france
2012 it’s nice that annual, london
2012 studio magazine, september, italy
2012 courts, erm books (sold out)
2012 jioa magazine, issue 25, south america
2012 a public space (cover) issue 16, new york
2012 paper sea issue 2, australia
2012 holland herald, klm, june, amsterdam
2010 parsons re d (cover) fall, new york
2009 pdn, november, new york


2018 the new vanguard — finalist
2017 cornish family prize — finalist
2017 australian photo book of the year — finalist
2015 bowness prize — finalist
2011 art prize, bsg, melbourne — finalist
2009 pdn pix digital imaging — runner up
2009 xto photography fine art award — winner
2009 acmp the projections, fine art — finalist
2009 new york photo festival — finalist
2008 acmp les walkling best architectural commercial folio
2008 irwin and mclaren landscape award
2008 victorian student of the year — portrait award
2006 atom awards — finalist
2006 acmi top designs award
2006 acmi top screen award
2004 acmi diegesis festival landscape — finalist


2008 rmit ba photography
2010 the new school


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