Ward was born in Yellowknife in the North West Territories in Canada, then raised and educated in Edmonton, Alberta where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1979 from the University of Alberta. Blake moved to Paris in 1985 to study under Cyril Heck so he could work with figurative sculpture using traditional techniques. When the opportunity arose for Blake to move closer to both his foundry and marble quarry, he opened his current studio in Monte Carlo in 1991.
Ward’s work has been exhibited in France, Italy, Germany, England, Singapore, India, Hong Kong, the United States and Canada.
The beauty, grace and symmetry of traditional figurative sculpture has always called to me. My language is the figure and I feel the need to comment on the human condition, sometimes distorted by demons, and other times – enchanted by all that is pure within us.
It is my intention to reach into the 21 century using sculpture to transcend disciplinary boundaries between the physical bodies in bronze and the self-knowledge and understanding of the ethereal realm that is our internal landscape.
I have renewed my relationship to the human form. It has undergone a metamorphosis from silent conformity, where the rules and proportions were tantamount to completion. My aesthetic ideals have evolved: solid yet ephemeral, perfection transformed into the beauty of the imperfect.