Sarah Ball

Sarah Ball

British
b. 1965
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Sarah Ball’s meticulously rendered portraits explore themes of gender and identity. Demonstrating an acute sensitivity to the psyche of her subjects, she emphasises physical characteristics that define how we outwardly portray ourselves to the world.

Sarah Ball’s meticulously rendered portraits explore themes of gender and identity. Demonstrating an acute sensitivity to the psyche of her subjects, she emphasises physical characteristics that define how we outwardly portray ourselves to the world.

Ball uses source material such as newspaper cuttings, archival photographs and social media to inform her portraits. Often depicting people who celebrate self-expression and contest traditional binary norms, Ball highlights physiognomy, hairstyles, clothes, jewellery and make-up that reveal the idiosyncrasies of her anonymous, often unknowing sitters. Set against flat planes of colour and confined within closely cropped compositions, the artist lends the people within her work a surreal, timeless quality by denying the viewer any form of narrative about their identity.

Stephen Friedman Gallery presented its first major show of her work at Frieze New York in May 2021. The gallery hosted its first exhibition by Ball in January 2022, accompanied by an illustrated catalogue. This presentation revealed a newly abstracted visual language for the artist. By realising the portraits on a larger scale, Ball further explored what she describes as the “physicality of painting.” Recent work has seen Ball amplify the pared-back quality of these paintings through the fluid, colour-rich medium of chalk pastel. A selection will be presented for Art Basel Hong Kong’s Kabinett sector in 2023.

Sarah Ball

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