US museum show announced

Sarah Ball: Unlikely Likeness.

The Grace Museum, Texas. September 7 2019 - February 15, 2020

Ball’s paintings in this solo exhibition, Sarah Ball: Unlikely Likeness, reflect on contemporary issues of bias in an increasingly judgmental culture.

Part of the HUMAN INTEREST contemporary portraits series of exhibitions. Five exhibitions examine contemporary interpretations of the enduring tradition of portraiture. Can a portrait be more than a recognizable image of the sitter? Since the advent of photography, the genre of contemporary portraiture has expanded far beyond the requirement of recording a likeness for posterity. Today we expect more than a likeness and we rely on the artist’s skill and creativity to see the subject’s outward appearance in the context of a larger reality. Artists, both traditional and conceptual, continue to draw on the genre’s rich and limitless options for new means of creative expression, and their efforts have been rewarded with a resurgence of critical interest. The artist’s challenge is to apply his or her ingenuity and empathetic insight to illuminate not just a person’s unique appearance, but also engage the viewer. Portrait artists frequently describe their efforts as “collaborative,” recognizing that the process requires both the resemblance of the subject and the intention of the artist. The individual pictured, known or unknown, in a work of art is almost always read by the viewer as an extension of the human experience. How we react is literally in the hands of the artist.

The Grace Museum - 2nd Floor, 102 Cypress Street Abilene, Texas United States

Below: SARAH BALL, Immigrant Series - Unknown (possibly farm hand), 2016, oil on gessoed panel.



‘Themself’ solo exhibition. Opens Anima Mundi Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall. 26th June - 6th September 2019.

Studio: Summer 2019.

Studio: Summer 2019.

British Museum acquisition

The British Museum have purchased two print works for their permanent collection.

The Department of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum contains the national collection of Western prints and drawings, in the same way as the National Gallery and Tate hold the national collection of paintings. There are works dating from the beginning of the fifteenth century up to the present day. The collection covers the history of drawing and printmaking as fine arts, with large holdings of the works of important artists such as Dürer, Michelangelo, Raphael, Rembrandt and Goya.

The collection is available to the public through the Study Room and through a programme of temporary exhibitions which are usually shown in Room 90.

Untitled (2018) - Six polymer etchings, 30 x 23 cm (paper), 18 x 12 cm (image). Edition of 25. Printed and published by Paupers Press, London.

Untitled (2018) - Six polymer etchings, 30 x 23 cm (paper), 18 x 12 cm (image). Edition of 25. Printed and published by Paupers Press, London.

251st RA Summer Exhibition

June - August 2019

SELF (Oil on linen 100cms x 100cms 2018) has been selected for exhibition in Gallery 1 at the 251st Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, London. Gallery 1 has been curated by Jane and Louise Wilson RA with works exploring identity, immigration, demilitarised zones, contested borders, protest, ecological threat, landscape and land art.