Gregory Ball attended the Camosun College Visual Arts Program in his early twenties, obtaining his Bachelor of Fine Arts honours degree in drawing and painting at Emily Carr College of Art and Design (now Emily Carr University) in 1986. Ball spent...
Show moreGregory Ball attended the Camosun College Visual Arts Program in his early twenties, obtaining his Bachelor of Fine Arts honours degree in drawing and painting at Emily Carr College of Art and Design (now Emily Carr University) in 1986. Ball spent 1989 as an artist in residence at the Banff Centre for Arts before undertaking his Master of Fine Arts (printmaking) at Concordia University in 1994. Ball has been an instructor of drawing and printmaking in the Visual Arts program at the Vancouver Island University (formerly Malaspina College) since 1999. In addition to maintaining his artist practice and teaching, Ball served as curator of the Nanaimo Art Gallery from 2005 – 2009, and has held administrative appointments of Visual Arts Department Chair and Co-Chair. Ball is the recipient of Canada Council for the Arts and BC Arts Council funding, his works are featured in private and public collections, and have been exhibited throughout Canada in galleries including Open Space, Mercer Union, and the Haida Heritage Centre at Kay Llnagaay. ARTIST INFO: http://gregoryball.blogspot.ca/ (Accessed December 11, 2016)
ARTIST STATEMENT: "Artist Statement Gregory Ball My work exposes the harsh realities of contemporary society, yet emphasizes the playful, humorous and intuitive. I have an infatuation with the weird quirks and odd details in life and this fascination becomes relevant in my drawings, animations, paintings and prints. I use the subconscious as a reservoir for inspiration and regularly begin work with imagery from dreams, journals and everyday experiences. I love art that has both apparent beauty and innate ugliness and frequently strive for this paradox in my work. I am interested in questioning the codes and systems found in mainstream society. Recent bodies of work are semi-autobiographical, chronicling conflict with the inexplicable violence and hegemony of urban industrial life. My intent is to filter and forage visual information from the media and my imagination, which I then use to investigate contemporary social and political issues dealing with nature and culture. Over the last decade I have completed several bodies of work that refer specifically to contemporary popular culture and advertising. My research is derived from art history, local geographies, consumer culture, and media images." (http://gregoryball.blogspot.ca/, Accessed December 11, 2016). Gregory Ball’s art practice is influenced by an awareness of landscapes, the natural world, and the impact of society and culture have on both individuals and the land. In his 2010 artist talk “Transfigurations: The Sublime and the Profane” at the Comox Valley Art Gallery, Ball discussed his body of work “Transfigurations of the West Coast Landscape” explaining the impact of his visits to Haida Gwaii and coastal areas on Vancouver Island, landscapes which are being transformed by both industry and culture (“Art Talk with Gregory Ball: Transfigurations: The Sublime and the Profane”, April 17, 2010, Downtown Courtenay.com Events Calendar, http://www.downtowncourtenay.com/events/show/art-talk-with-artist-gregory-ball-transfigurations-the-sublime-and-profane/ Accessed December 20, 2016). Ball explored socio-political themes related to consumer excess, socio-economic inequities, environmental degradation and the role of artists in society in the 2012 Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV) exhibit “Throw Down,” curated by Nicole Stanbridge (http://aggv.ca/exhibitions/throw-down Accessed December 20, 2016) and his award-winning animated video project featured at the 2009 Vancouver Island Short Film Festival (“Nanaimo Art professor Expands on award-winning Short Film,” Bruce Patterson, Nanaimo News Bulletin, January 26, 2016 www.nanaimobulletin.com/entertainment/138074768.html Accessed December 20, 2016). Gregory Ball has been a member of the Canadian Artist’s Representation/le Front des artists canadiens (CARFAC) since 1998. CARFAC is a non-profit organization which represents professional artists across Canada, which advocates for and promotes the rights of artists including the payment of copyright fees for the exhibition and/or reproduction of artists’ work. In May, 2015, Ball was highlighted as the feature artist of the British Columbia chapter of CARFAC (http://www.carfacbc.org/gregory-ball/ Accessed December 20, 2016). DESCRIPTION: Intaglio print with a red/burgundy band of colour located at the top and second to bottom sections of the print. The words “A thiN LayER OF SkiN” appear in the dark ink in the upper most (red/burgundy-coloured) band. A small rectangle appears over and between the words “layer” and “of”. Below this colour band, an abstract figure of a human with tree-trunk-like qualities is depicted. The figure’s shoulder’s and torso appear to form a cut tree trunk, with circular rings visible. The figure’s arms appear to be chopped off and terminate with rings that look like the ends of cut logs. The figure may be holding a child-like shape in its arms. Beneath this section there is a second band of red/burgundy featuring three rectangles above the words “Short TerM EXPediency.” A final bottom section of the print depicts a cone-like shape with a large circular end.
In pencil at the bottom of the print: 3/15 | A Think Layer of Skin | Gregory Ball 1990; In ink, incorporated into print design: A thiN LayER OF SkiN | Short TerM EXPediency
- Ball Gregory Canadian (artists (visual artist))
- Art, Canadian--20th century--Art, Modern--20th century--Death in art--Men in art--Time in art--Art, Abstract--Prints--Technique--Intaglio printing--Trees in art
- printmaking; intaglio printing
- Camosun College Art Collection
- Camosun College