Syd Ball is among the most significant senior Australian artists working today whose influence on a generation of younger abstract painters is generally acknowledged. His work has displayed the sustained influence of developments in American post-war painting, from the early 1960s to the present.
Ball's early studies 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. Ball's American experiences had a profound influence on his work; he was a significant inclusion in the landmark NGV exhibition of Australian abstraction 'The Field' in 1968, and had a powerful influence on a generation of younger painters who shared his emphasis on Greenberg-ian abstraction.
This rare print was made shortly after the artist left Australian for the first of two extended stays in New York. It was made at the Art Students League, where he studied lithography with Harry Sternberg (American, 1904-2001) and painting with Abstract expressionist Theodoros Stamos (1922-97).
colour lithograph printed in green, grey and brown ink on cream wove paper
33.9 x 39.8 cm image; 44.9 x 56.6 cm sheet (irreg.)
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., black fibre-tipped pen "Syd ball '63".
Signed and dated l.r. corner verso, black ball-point pen "Ball/ 35".
Gift of Ralph Renard in memory of his sister Lilian Renard 2010
Not on display
© Sydney Ball. Courtesy of the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney