Ward Lockwood (1894-1963)


Born in Atchison, Kansas, Ward Lockwood became a key painter in the Taos, New Mexico art colony. He studied at the University of Kansas, and from 1914 to 1917 at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts where he was introduced to Modernism. In 1917, he began a two-year enlistment in the Army and served in France, and in 1921, a return visit to France led to his being influenced by Paul Cezanne and Vincent Van Gogh.

In 1926, he and his wife, artist Clyde Bonebrake, moved to Taos, New Mexico because of his friendship with Kenneth Adams, who was already established there. Lockwood became interested in the Taos Society of Artists, dedicated to a mutual effort of marketing their artwork. In the 1930s, he left Taos, accepting teaching positions at the Broadmoor Academy in Colorado Springs and in 1938, became Chair of the Department of Art at the University of Texas in Austin.

Subsequently he taught at the University of California at Berkeley and at the University of Kansas at Lawrence. In 1940, he moved to San Francisco and experimented with Abstraction and Assemblage but was again in the Army during World War II, advancing to the rank of colonel.

After that, he returned to California to teach and was much influenced by the modernist art environment there. He made frequent summer trips to Taos, where he settled during his final years. In 1962, Lockwood retired from teaching and returned to Taos where he died the following year.


Ward Lockwood at 203 Fine Art

Please follow the link below to view the online catalogue for the 2015 exhibition Taos Moderns: Bridging the Gap, organized by 203 Fine Art.

Taos Moderns: Bridging the Gap | 2015

Untitled Floral charcoal on paper by Ward Lockwood

Schools of Study

University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Partial List of Collections

Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
The Museum of Modern Art, NY
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
Whitney Museum of American Art, NY

Selected Works in Our Inventory