billward300 He’s arguably one of the most discussed drummers in rock today. His presence behind the kit for over 45 years has inspired countless imitators. And for many, he’s considered the most influential drummer in heavy metal history. But as summer peaks, Bill Ward will make his first foray into the world of fine art with a debut collection, Absence of Corners. Set for release on August 1st, 2013 at www.billwarddrumart.com, all of the pieces in Ward’s collection are created from rhythm and limited in availability.

An extensive process from start to finish, Absence of Corners took nearly a year to complete. Working with Los Angeles art team SceneFour, Ward utilized a sophisticated formula to create the collection’s visuals, using an array of drumsticks and rhythmic accessories that produce light, much like a painter utilizing brushes and oils. The movements featured within the captured rhythms are then studied and developed into abstract artwork that showcases a dimension not normally seen by the human eye. Each piece in this limited-edition collection is then numbered. All are signed by Ward.

Ward on the project:

“When I’m working on new ideas, musically much of what’s played is guided by a visual appearance or shape. Since my early childhood, I’ve played drums in visuals as well as sound. When I write, there’s always an image, sometimes a color attached to what’s being created.

I’ve never ‘listened’ to bass notes; I ‘feel’ them. The keyboard’s black notes are dark to me and represent many sad emotions. These examples are simple, natural, childlike applications that have stayed with me.

When SceneFour approached me about doing this project, it sounded like an adventurous progression. I am delighted with the captured expressions from my head and my heart. Their arrival onto canvas is beautiful.”

To develop the art collection, Ward utilized the expertise of art team SceneFour. Based in Los Angeles, SceneFour specializes in working with music visionaries on the creation of fine artwork. SceneFour’s previous art collaborations have included releases with Chuck D, Bootsy Collins, Page Hamilton, and The RZA. Over the last several years, SceneFour’s focus has been on the development and publishing of rhythm on canvas collections, with Ward’s collection being the largest release to date with a total of 18 different pieces featured and ranging in size (30″ x 18″ to the epic 85″ x 30″).

Absence of Corners debuts on August 1st, 2013 at www.billwarddrumart.com. Those interested in learning more and seeing the artwork before the release are encouraged to join the interest list at www.billwarddrumart.com.

6 Responses

  1. The drums are mixed so low on the latest Sabbath album you wonder what the problem was with Bill not doing those 1973 style tom tom fills mixed way up instead of Brad. Guess Tony & Geezer wanted that twin attack way up front…they got it, the album gets better every listen.

    1. So you bitch that Bill isn’t on it and suggest another substitute instead? That comment is crazier than the suggestion that the new album is lame.

  2. No matter who is on it, Tone & Geez woulda mixed it off the radar. Sounds like double R had his hands tied on the drum mix. Ozzy’s singing is the best in 20 years. Too bad airplay away from Serius and the usual suspects is dead and the units crashing on the weekly scans.

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