Kenneth Vard grew up within the shadows of Harland & Wolff in Belfast where the building of great ships dominated the life of the city. He studied art history at Woodbury College in Los Angeles in the 1960s and eventually opened a gallery which specialised in marine art and antiques.
His close association with many of the finest painters devoted to recreating the romance of ocean liners lead him to the belief that this particular art form was greatly underrated, and needed to be brought to the attention of a wider audience. This prompted him to write a series of articles about liner paintings for magazines which in turn led to the writing of his book ‘Liners in Art’. Lord Llewen, Admiral of the fleet, wrote a glowing review of the book for the ‘Mail on Sunday’ as did the reviewers of Sea Breezes, Belfast Telegraph, Llyods List and many other journals both in the UK and USA.