Sydney Ball Australia’s foremost pioneer of abstract art, whose work is marked by an instinct for the cutting-edge. Throughout his long and successful career, Ball explored many styles across his printmaking, painting and drawing including Hard-edge Abstraction, Colour Field and Lyrical Abstraction. However, it was his undying love for colour and its ability to add music to a simple form that earned him his reputation as a master composer of graphic harmonies.
The Canto series is an exquisite example of the refined, finished quality that has come to define Ball's abstract forms. Compelling in their symmetry and their striking, intense colours, the Canto series is one part abstraction, and one part spiritualism: for Ball, the circle is the ultimate symbol of infinity.
Working with Michelle Perry at Marnling Press in Sydney, Ball discovered and was enthralled by the multi-dimensionality of metallic paints, added to later works in the Canto series. This discovery transformed Balls work, adding new levels of depth and complexity.
These works also tell of Balls time spent living and painting in America, where he was heavily inspired by Colour Field and Abstract painting during the 1960s. Similarly, his series was titled after the American poet and author Ezra Pounds The Cantos - a series of deeply intellectual musings on life and Government during the post-war period.
Elegant and achingly beautiful, and collected by institutions widely including The Art Gallery of New South Wales - Sydney Ball's Canto series is nothing short of significant. An astoundingly sophisticated addition to any collection of Modern and Contemporary art.
If you are interested in 'Canto no VIII', act quick - this is the last impression available.
Sydney BALL (1933 - 2017)
'Canto no VIII'
screenprint on paper
Printers Proof from an edition of 30
Image Size: 69 x 69 cm
Dimensions: 77 x 77 cm
Signed: Signed Sydney Ball
Comes with Letter of Provenance
Availability: in stock
Condition:Very Good: Describes a work of art’s image As New, but may show some small signs of surrounding wear. There are no tears to paper margin or disruption to paint surface. Image is in Fine condition.
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