Drummer Bill Ward, who is currently sitting out Black Sabbath's reunion over a contractual conflict, recently spent some of his downtime undergoing surgery. Ward required surgery after suffering a perforated diverticulitis that needed to be addressed.

Though he's not drumming with Sabbath, Ward has been making the rounds in support of his 'Absence of Corners' art exhibition and was forced to postponed an Oct. 26 reception in Annapolis, Md. in order to continue his recovery.

A statement posted at Ward's website reads as follows:

The artist reception with Bill Ward on October 26 at the Annapolis Collection Gallery in Maryland is being postponed due to illness. Ward recently suffered a perforated diverticulitis and underwent surgery in California. The procedure was successful, and Ward is expected to make a full recovery over the next several weeks.

“I am truly sorry that I have to postpone the Absence of Corners gallery reception,” said Ward. “The feedback I have received from everyone about this project has been astounding, and I was so looking forward to this event. I want to thank the Annapolis Collection Gallery for everything they are doing. I am honored that they are exhibiting my art, and I hope to get there to celebrate this collection with you all very soon.”

The gallery and Bill Ward have agreed to find another date in the future which will allow him time for a complete recovery.

In addition to his art exhibit, Ward has been working on a solo album called 'Accountable Beasts.' To read more about the 'Absence of Corners' exhibit, click here.