29 Oct 1933 - 05 Mar 2017
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.
35.0 x 27.0 cm closed; 35.0 x 54.0 cm open
Gift of Lynne Eastaway 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Not on display
© Sydney Ball. Courtesy of the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney
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
Referenced in 1 publication
Anne Loxley, Sydney Ball: the colour paintings 1963-2007, Penrith, 2008, 66 (colour illus.).