Michael Ward was born in Derry, Northern Ireland in 1970. His work (painting, printmaking and sculpture) constitutes a personal narrative, a visual tactile biography. Through imagery, sometimes abstract, sometimes concrete, he explores his family history and the minutiae of his immediate surroundings. He is concerned with the commonplace, from the familiar urban landscapes from his childhood to everyday objects in his studio, and has recently rediscovered life drawing in order to embark on a series of figurative paintings. The series "Toy Soldiers" will be on show at "Above the Serious" Stoke Newington Library Gallery at the end of November. He lives and works in London, England. He graduated from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland with a degree in Fine Art Sculpture and has exhibited at the Botanic Gardens, Dublin, The Irish Arts Centre in New York and at the Free Art Fair in London. His work in the Gallaigh series was shown at the Tricycle Gallery in Kilburn, London.