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Bill Ward Announces First Online Art Exhibition
By: Gary Graff

Bill Ward
may not be with Black Sabbath anymore, but he's getting ready to go public with another of his artistic endeavors.

On August 1, Ward will open his first fine art show, Absence of Corners, online at www.BillWardDrumArt.comThe virtual exhibition will feature 18 pieces of various sizes, all of which use drum sticks and percussion instruments to create the images.

In a statement, Ward explains that, "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 am delighted with the captured expressions from my head and my heart. Their arrival on canvas is beautiful."

Ward worked on the exhibition with SceneFour, a Los Angeles company that's also worked with Helmet's Page Hamilton as well as Bootsy Collins and rappers Chuck D of Public Enemy and The RZA of Wu Tang Clan.

Ward, of course, famously withdrew from Black Sabbath's current reunion during February of 2012 due to unspecified contractual issues. Bassist Geezer Butler tells us he's still baffled by Ward's decision:

"I, honest to God, I don't know what happened. I mean, I was talking to Bill, I went away to Hawaii for a week on February. I came back from holiday and Bill was gone. So it was down to whatever business thing, I should imagine. I really have no idea what happened."

Butler, however, adds that the door is open for Ward to return in some capacity:

It would be great if he could, even for a couple of songs...We did ask him when we did Download (festival) if he'd come on stage for three or four songs, and he didn't want to do it. He wanted to do the whole set or nothing. It would be great. I'd love it to happen."

Ward was replaced by Rage Against the Machine's Brad Wilk on Sabbath's new "13" album, and by Ozzy Osbourne's regular drummer Tommy Clufetos for live work.

Black Sabbath begins a North American tour on July 25 in The Woodlands, Texas.

CLICK HERE to learn out more about Gary Graff and his award-winning music journalism including the books he has written on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.

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