Vale Sydney Ball

BALL, Sydney Australia b.1933 Pawnee summer 1973 Synthetic polymer paint and enamel on cotton canvas 213.7 x 213.7cm Collection Queensland Art Gallery

Sydney Ball was one of  trail-blazers of the new generation of painters who emerged in the 1960s in Australia, excelling in large-scale colour-field abstraction.

In late 2015, the ANU Drill Hall Gallery exhibition Birth of the cool celebrated the still under-appreciated art of that era.  Among the venerable elders who attended the launch of the exhibition, Sydney Ball’s irrepressible enthusiasm and undiminished commitment to his artistic ideals left an indelible memory of a great man.

Terence Maloon

Sydney  Ball and Joanna Strumpf,  Canto no.XXX  1966 synthetic polymer on canvas, Collection Art Gallery of New South Wales, on loan from the Estate of Elwyn Lynn

ANU Drill Hall Gallery December 2015

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