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Ward Mann

by on January 24, 2014

Ward Mann, deceased. (American 1921 – 2005)

Ward Mann was born in Detroit, Michigan, on October 3, 1921. He was introduced to drawing and painting at the Detroit Institute of Art. Encouraged by his parents and teachers, at age twelve he had work accepted in an open exhibition of the Scarab Club in Detroit. During World War II, Mann volunteered and served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Air Corps. After service, he earned his engineering degree from the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering. He then had a productive career as an engineer, and raised three sons. Mann’s childhood interest in art lingered, however, and in1963, after relocating to Webster, New York, he made a career change. As a primarily self-taught artist, he began achieving recognition in major exhibitions and by various art organizations. In 1974 he joined the historic Rocky Neck Art Colony and opened the Ward Mann Gallery on the Pier in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Renowned for his marine paintings, he traveled and painted extensively in Europe, Greece, Norway, South America, and throughout the United States. Mann died on October 13, 2005, in Webster, New York.

Following are excerpts from the obituary of Ward Mann published in the Gloucester Daily Times (Massachusetts) on October 15, 2005:

“Ward P. Mann, 84, a well-known artist, died on Thursday, October 13, 2005, in Webster, New York after a courageous battle with cancer.  Born in Detroit on October 3, 1921, his interest in art blossomed as a young man through classes at the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Scarab Art Club.   He later attended Cass Tech High School, where his focus shifted to aviation and engineering.

During World War II, he volunteered and served in the South Pacific as a navigator in the US Army Air Corps.  After the war, he graduated from the University of Michigan College of Engineering.  He enjoyed a productive engineering career, working for Holley Carburetor, Vickers Inc. and Xerox Corporation.  After relocating to Webster, he rekindled his interest in art.  Largely self-taught, he developed a distinctive style of painting that received critical recognition and national awards.  For more than 30 years he maintained a summer gallery and studio at historic Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester and a winter studio in his home in Webster.

Some of his professional memberships included Rockport Art Association, Life Member, North Shore Art Association, Salmagundi Club, U.S. Coast Guard Art Program, Oil Painters of America, International Society of Marine Painters, Hudson Valley Art Association, and American Artists Progressional League Fellow.”
The following is from the 2001 edition of Artists of the Rockport Art Association (page 98):
“Born and raised in Michigan and a graduate of the University of Michigan.  Since 1974 he has spent summers in the historic Rocky Neck Art Colony, painting Cape Ann scenes in oil and watercolor.  His favorite media: pen and ink drawings.  Mann’s works have captured harbors, villages, cities, landscapes, and seascapes throughout Europe and North America.  His style is considered ‘impressionist,’ open and somewhat textured with an obsession for light, and finely controlled draftsmanship.  His home and winter studio is in the Finger Lakes region of New York.  Ward’s work is represented in numerous public, private, and corporate collections as well as publications.  He is listed in: Who’s Who in American Art, Who’s Who in the East among others.”


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