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Title

Sketchbook

1963-1965


Artist

Sydney Ball

Australia

29 Oct 1933 - 05 Mar 2017


About

Sydney Ball was among the most significant Australian abstractionists of the mid - late 20th century. His early study and influences in Adelaide were challenged by his exposure to American Abstract Expressionist painting in New York, where he lived from 1963-65 and 1969-71. During this time Ball studied lithography with Harry Sternberg (American, 1904-2001) and painting with Abstract expressionist Theodoros Stamos (1922-97) at the Art Students League, New York.

Ball's American experience had a profound influence on his work; his was a central inclusion in the landmark NGV exhibition of Australian abstraction 'The Field' in 1968, and his work had a strong influence on a generation of younger painters who shared his interest in Greenberg-ian abstraction.

Ball developed many of his visual ideas in sketchbooks, which he retained throughout his life as a source for paintings and other works. While some of the ideas first developed in the books were realised in more finished works, others remain as a record of his visual and conceptual imagination.


Details


Date

1963-1965


Media categories

Sketchbook , Drawing


Materials used

mixed media


Dimensions

25.0 x 27.0 cm closed; 25.0 x 54 cm open


Credit

Gift of Lynne Eastaway 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program


Location

Not on display


Accession number

253.2018


Artist information

Sydney Ball

Works in the collection

52


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Sydney Ball: the colour paintings 1963-2007, Penrith, 2008, 63 (colour illus.).