Graham Ward worked as a freelance illustrator for ten years and undertook a number of commissions for publishers such as Penguin, Picador Books and Methuen, and was a series illustrator for Time-Life Books. His work also included a number of editorial illustrations for magazines such as New Scientist, G.Q. and the Sunday Times.
Reverting to his first discipline of painting, Graham was represented by the Portal Gallery (a long-established gallery representing British figurative painters) and undertook a number of group and one-man exhibitions.
An abiding influence on Graham’s work has been the ancient Spanish School of painters, and his use of tempera and gold leaf in many of his works reflects an interest in the sacred aspects of representational subject-matter. Working largely on board, his use of modern acrylics work suitably with the methods of the 12th and 13th century painters of the Romanesque, where tempera painting was popular. His subjects continue to be animals and child-like figures; many of his paintings concentrate on the individual in an invented landscape, often populated by child-kings and Holy fools.
His work is held in a number of private collections in the United Kingdom. Europe and the U.S.