Made using text, cut paper, gestural brush strokes, and sanded grounds, Ward’s pieces find inspiration in the world of Terry Winters, Cy Twombly, and Anselm Keifer.  Ward enjoys the hard, tactile quality and glossy sheen that the medium lends to the work, stating that it adds an element of uncertainty, which he enjoys. Through the abstraction of form and incorporated text, a private space is presented, offering provoking thought fields of past and present experience. The paintings offer a journey that is richly rewarding for those willing to look.  


The work has drawn attention from many in the art world—finding its way into the collections of Eric Fischl and Ivan Karp, among others. As an illustrator, Ward’s work has appeared in such periodicals as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Suddeusche Zetung, The Washington Post and Le Figaro; The New Yorker, and Newsweek.  Ward has exhibited widely in the Bay Area, as well as Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, and Shanghai.  Ward is represented by Jack Fisher Gallery in San Francisco.




Biography | Curriculum Vitae


Solo Exhibitions:

Priapus and Rain FallJack Fischer Gallery, SF CA, Apr-May 2017

Demi-Urge; Schema Projects; Brooklyn, NY; Dec 2016 - Jan 2017

Probe; Zeitgeist Gallery; Nashville, TN; Mar-Apr 2016

Dogon Kayak; Jack Fischer Gallery; San Francisco, CA; Sep-Oct 2015

Do | Undo; Sanchez Art Center; Pacifica, CA; Feb-Mar 2015

Years of Pretty; Jack Fischer Gallery; San Francisco, CA; Sep-Oct 2013

Summon Me!; Dominican University; San Rafael, CA; June thru Aug 2013

Dumb BoxesGeorge Lawson Gallery; Los Angeles, CA; Nov 2012

New Work, New York; O K Harris Gallery; New York, NY Nov 2012

Geography Lesson; Zeitgeist Gallery; Nashville, TN; Nov-Dec 2011

Identity Papers; O K Harris Gallery; New York, NY; Oct-Nov 2011

Composers; Skinner Howard Art; Sacramento, CA; June-July 2011

Composers; George Lawson Gallery; San Francisco, CA; Feb-Mar 2011

Misspells + Cross-outs; Stir Gallery; Shanghai, China; Sept-Oct 2010

Fashion + Logic; George Lawson Gallery; San Francisco, CA; Feb 2010

Nina Zurier Photographs + Ward Schumaker Paintings; Hilliard Architects Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Aug-Nov 2009

Saved!; Townsend Center, UC Berkeley; Berkeley, CA; March-May 2008

Books and Drawings; Meridian Gallery; San Francisco, CA; Feb-March 2008

I Am Big Heaven; Stir Gallery; Shanghai, China; June 2007

Grace; Zeitgeist Gallery; Nashville, TN; Jan-Feb 2005

Pretty; Seam; San Francisco, CA; July-Aug 2004

Gertrude Stein’s Paris France; Moe’s Books; Berkeley, CA; June 2000



Antipode: Colophon Club, Berkeley, CA; February 2017

Painted TextReva and David Logan Symposium on the Artist's Book, Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; San Francisco; October 2017


Group Exhibitions:

Text and Image: Inspired AlphabetsFine Arts Museums of San Francisco, SF CA, Mar-July 2017

Overloaded; NIAD Art Center; Richmond, CA; Nov 2016

Black and White Project; Transmitter Gallery; Brooklyn, NY; Aug 2016

Le Dessin S'Engage; Biblioteque d'Art de Miramas; Miramas, France; Apr-May 2016

Look! Book Arts; Healdsburg Center for the Arts; Healdsburg, CA; Apr-May 2016

Paper ParisSchema Projects (Brooklyn); in Drawing Now; Paris, France; Mar 2016

EmbossedGallery Molly Krom; New York, NY; Jul-Aug 2015

EmbossedGallery Look&Listen; Saint Chamas, France; May-Jun 2015

SFArtMrkt; Jack Fischer Gallery; San Francisco, CA; May 2015

Art on Paper; Jack Fischer Gallery; New York, NY; Mar 2015

Codex Book Fair; Jack Fischer Gallery; Richmond, CA; Jan 2015

Miami Project; Jack Fischer Gallery; Miami Art Basel; Miami, FL; Dec 2014

SFArtMrkt; Jack Fischer Gallery; San Francisco, CA; May 2014

Miami Project; Jack Fischer Gallery; Miami Art Basel; Miami, FL; Dec 2013

Aqua Art Fair; George Lawson Gallery; Miami Art Basel; Miami, FL; Dec 2012

The Art of LivingMuseum of Nebraska Art; Kearney, NE; Sept 2012–Jan 2013

GuangHwaMun International; Seoul, Korea; Apr-May; 2012

The Collage Show; Jack Fischer Gallery; San Francisco, CA; December 2011

Sight and Identity; Stanford-in-Washington; Washington, DC; Oct 2011–Jan 2012

Physical Graffiti; James Oliver Gallery; Philadelphia, PA; Sept-Oct 2011

Rebound: A Survey of Contemporary Artist’s Books; Sonoma Valley Museum of Art; Sonoma, CA; Jun-Aug 2011

Seeing Gertrude Stein; Contemp. Jewish Museum; San Francisco, CA; May-Sep 2011

Rebound: Book Art; Bedford Gallery; Walnut Creek, CA; Jul-Sep 2010

Kaboom!; La Luz de Jesus Gallery; Los Angeles, CA; July 2010

California Summer; George Lawson Gallery; San Francisco, CA; July 2010

Appropriations; Rebekah Jacob Gallery; Charleston, SC; March 2010

Selected of the Selected; Korean Cultural Center; Los Angeles, CA; Feb-Mar 2010

Texto-&-Figura; Nat.Gallery of Costa Rica+San Francisco+Cascais, Portugal; 2010-11

Art Miami Basel-Aqua Art; George Lawson Gallery; Miami, FL; Dec 2009

Gallery Artists Group Exhibition; Stir Gallery; Shanghai, China; Sept 2009

2009 Lawson Gallery Artists; Shasta College; Redding, CA; Aug-Sept 2009

Selected Drawings; George Lawson Gallery; San Francisco, CA; Aug 2009

Who Cares?; Stir Gallery; Shanghai, China; May 2009

Being; Stir Gallery; Shanghai, China; September-October 2008

Works on Paper; Zeitgeist Gallery; Nashville, TN: Aug-Sept 2008

Salon; Exploding Head; Sacramento, CA; Sept 2006

X Libris; San Francisco Center for the Book; San Francisco, CA; July 2006

23rd Annual; Berkeley Art Center; Berkeley, CA; July 2006

Surface Tension; Korean Cultural Center; Los Angeles, CA; April 2006

Picture Mechanics; Zeitgeist Gallery; Nashville, TN; March -April 2006

The Shape of Words; Exploding Head Gallery; Sacramento, CA; July 2005

Picture Mechanics; Exploding Head Gallery; Sacramento, CA; Sept 2004

Dialogue; Pete & Susan Barrett Gallery; Santa Monica, CA; Feb-Mar 2004

Detail; Zeitgeist Gallery; Nashville, TN; Jan-Feb 2004

Switchyard; Zeitgeist Gallery; Nashville, TN; July-Aug-Sept 2003

Picture Mechanics; Zeitgeist Gallery; Nashville, TN; March -April 2003

Picture Mechanics; 69A Gallery; San Francisco, CA; March 2002  

Four Artists; Montalvo Center for the Arts; Saratoga, CA; 1983


Related Professional Appearances:



            Drawings, hand-painted books and paintings in public collections:

                        Achenbach Foundation, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

                        Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE 

                        Letterform Archive; San Francisco, CA
                        Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Miami Beach, FL

                        MONA, Kearney, NE

                        Sonoma State University Art Collection, Rohnert Park, CA

                        Zimmerli Museum, Rutgers Museum, New Brunswick, NJ


            Limited-edition letterpress books in public collections (the artist has illustrated two titles for The Yolla Bolly Press: Paris France by Gertrude Stein; and Two Kitchens in Provence by M F K Fischer):

                        Boston Public Library

                        California Poly State University

                        California State Library

                        California State University, Hayward

                        California State University, Chico

                        Claremont College

                        Indiana University

                        Kansas State University

                        Los Angeles Public Library

                        Miami University Library (OH)

                        New York Public Library

                        Occidental College

                        University of Alberta (Canada)          

                        University of Buffalo

                        University of California, Berkeley, Bancroft Library

                        University of California, Irving

                        University of California, Los Angeles Library

                        University of California, Riverside

                        University of California, San Diego

                        University of Iowa

                        University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

                        University of Missouri, Kansas City

                        University of North Carolina

                        University of San Francisco, Gleeson Library

                        University of Southern California

                        University of Utah

                        San Jose State University Library

                        Scripps College, Denison Library

                        Stanford University

                        Swarthmore College

                        Wake Forest University


Exhibition Design: Unlimited by Design; wall-sized images for exhibit; Cooper Hewitt, The National Design Museum, Smithsonian, New York, New York 


As an illustrator, Mr. Schumaker's work has appeared world-wide, working for The New York TimesThe Boston GlobeSüddeutsche ZeitungThe Washington Post and Le FigaroThe New YorkerPoetry, Oprah MagazineMartha StewartEnjeux Les Echoes, and Newsweek. He has created images for Hermès, United Airlines, Herman Miller, American Express and many other corporations.