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— Biography of Sydney Ball

Sydney Ball is one of Australia’s best known abstract painters, continually redefining himself as a master of colour painting throughout his 50 year career.  Born in Adelaide, he joined the vanguard of Australian artists gravitating towards New York at the time and studied at the Art Students League from 1962-65, where he was exposed to works by New York School artists such as Rothko and Motherwell. On his return to Australia he came to prominence with the hard-edge, colour-field and geometric paintings of his Canto, Persian and Modular Series, and was included in The Field exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria in 1968.   After another trip to the U.S he exploded into the 1970s with his large and lyrical stain paintings. Through the 80s and 90s he explored expressionism, and returned to geometric abstraction in the 2000s with his Structures and Infinex Series. 


“For me, the holy trinity of colour painting is colour, space and light.” Syd Ball, 2012



Wendy Walker, Sydney Ball - The colour paintings 1963 - 2007, exhibition catalogue, Penrith Regional Gallery, 2008

Patrick McCaughey & Wendy Walker, Sydney Ball: The Stain Paintings 1971-80, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney, 2013

Sydney Ball CV

Christopher Coventry Sydney Ball Vermeers Mirror Robert Lindsay Gallery exh catalogue 1994

Christopher Coventry The Da Gama Ball The Mercury 1982

Elwyn Lynn An Abstract Point of View The Weekend Australian April 2 3 1988

Gillian Serisier Sydney Ball Life in Colour Artist Profile issue 21 2012 2013 page 56 62

Mary Temelovski The Art of Place Inside Out Magazine March April issue 722008 page. 94 101

Sydney Ball Survey 1965 1975 Newcastle City Art Gallery exh. catalogue 1975

Since its establishment in 1984, the Charles Nodrum Gallery’s exhibition program embraces a diversity of media and styles - from painting, sculpture & works on paper to graphics and photography; from figurative, geometric, gestural, surrealist & social comment to installation & conceptually based work.