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Sydney Ball


29 Oct 1933 – 05 Mar 2017

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  • Details

    Media categories
    Sketchbook , Drawing
    Materials used
    mixed media
    31.0 x 45.0 closed; 31.0 x 90.0 cm open
    Gift of Lynne Eastaway 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Sydney Ball. Courtesy Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney
    Artist information
    Sydney Ball

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  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

Other works by Sydney Ball

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