- 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
Works in the collection
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.
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Sydney Ball: The colour paintings (2009-2010):
- Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, Emu Plains 08 Nov 2008–25 Jan 2009
- McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park, Langwarrin 15 Feb 2009–26 Apr 2009
21st Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 16 Mar 2018–11 Jun 2018
Other works by Sydney Ball
See all 52 works