Sydney Ball: The Stain Paintings 1971-80 - Art Collector

Sydney Ball, The Stain Paintings 1971-80, installation shot at Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney, 2013. Courtesy: the artist and Sullivan + Strumpf, Sydney

Sydney Ball was in the vanguard of Australian artists who elected to live and study in New York during the 1960s. Begun during Ball’s second stay in New York from 1969 to 1971, the inaugural Stain series was exhibited at Sydney’s Bonython Gallery in 1973. The Stain paintings were distinguished by their unprecedented scale, but most notably by a new painterliness. Although colour remained the primary concern, abstraction introduced fresh challenges and an unaccustomed freedom, as Ball began to work on the floor with access to all sides of a painting. Gone were the precisely defined edges, the flatness that had characterised his earlier series, displaced by canvases flooded with splashes and spatters of colour, permitting a fresh openness and luminosity. The Stain series of around 100 paintings preoccupied Ball for almost a decade from 1971 to 1980. This exhibition coincides with the artist's 80th birthday, and will be officially opened by former Art Gallery of New South Wales director Edmund Capon.

Exhibition opens: 3pm Saturday 26 October 2013
Exhibition closes: 16 November 2013
Location: Sullivan + Strumpf, 799 Elizabeth Street, Zetland NSW 2017
Contact: 02 9698 4696

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