We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of NSW stands.

Title

Tondo

1965

Artist

Sydney Ball

Australia

29 Oct 1933 - 05 Mar 2017

  • Details

    Date
    1965
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    lithograph on cream wove paper
    Edition
    1/10
    Dimensions
    36.6 x 52.6 cm sheet; 38.5 x 54.2 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r., pencil " 'BALL '65'' ".

    Credit
    Gift of Lynne Eastaway 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    257.2018
    Copyright
    © Sydney Ball. Courtesy of the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Sydney Ball

    Works in the collection

    52

    Share
  • 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.

    The ‘Canto’ prints were made by the artist while living and working in New York in the 1960s as an investigation into hard edge colour, and symmetric form, a preoccupation for a number of his American contemporaries. The title comes from the ‘Cantos’ poems by Ezra Pound.

Other works by Sydney Ball

See more works