Dwight “JUDA” Ward is a new black young artist who focuses on the
renaissance style of painting. He is a great admire of the late “El
Greco” and Leonardo among other master painters. He truly has a
different mind when it comes to painting. Born and raised in a small
town called Wilson, NC, Dwight was challenged to become a better
artist each day. Even as a child he would question the appearances
of biblical people. “ As a child I would draw Jesus as a black man
because I could relate to that image”.
Dwight continued to pursue his interest
through adolescence; he was encouraged by relatives and friends to
attend art school. “Dwight received his BFA while attending the
School of Visual Arts.” Long researching and studying the African
past gave Dwight more insight to paint his every thought on canvas.
He would later adopt a Hebrew name “JUDA” which mean he who is
praised. “Because of my love and passion for African history, I
paint subjects that are inspired by my heritage. As a black artist,
I enjoy bringing a smile to the faces in the African community, and
to anyone who may have an interest in that experience.” Dwight has
sold some original pieces in the past and has received great
feedback on his work.
approaches the canvas to paint for African people and to show
biblical people through the African versions. This is evident in the
piece title, “Hand of Betrayal”, depicting the last supper of Jesus
and the apostles. It’s unlike any Last Supper painting ever depicted
on canvas. “ My goal is to be the best that I can with the help of
Yahweh. I spend a lot of my time polishing my skills. As it did
throughout my youth, art continues to give me the freedom to express
my feelings on canvas”. Dwight is truly a gifted black painter and
will be opening the minds of people for a long time to come.