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'If I had to find work in which was summarised English honesty, immediacy, whimsical and poetical imagination, care for craftmanship, and a passion for the eccentric, the quirkish and the individual, I would elect the sculpture of Peter Eugene Ball.’ Max Wykes-Joyce Read more…
'If I had to find work in which was summarised English honesty, immediacy, whimsical and poetical imagination, care for craftmanship, and a passion for the eccentric, the quirkish and the individual, I would elect the sculpture of Peter Eugene Ball.’ Max Wykes-Joyce
Peter Eugene Ball is a prolific British sculptor, whose work can be found in over 60 churches. Born in 1943, Ball attended Coventry school of Art where he met Geoffrey Saunders, an art history tutor, with whom he made a photographic survey of Romanesque carvings and prehistoric monuments throughout the United Kingdom.
In 1967 he held his first solo exhibition at the Marjorie Parr Gallery in Chelsea and soon became a full time sculptor. He has completed numerous commissions for British cathedrals, including a crucifix and altar pieces for Birmingham Cathedral and a large Christus Rex for the nave of Southwell Minster. Perhaps Ball’s work is so in demand because it demonstrates a thoughtful assessment of the requirements of religious art, from both the perspective of the worshipper and the architectural demands of the space.
In an short film by Robert Smith, Ball stressed how people go to churches, ‘to offer up prayers and thoughts to an image.’ And in order that worshippers feel comfortable with a sculpture, “it is has to be a devotional object rather than a architectural set piece.”
During the last decade Ball has held solo exhibitions of his religious works at Southwell Minster, Ely Cathedral and Chichester Cathedral. A book analysing a selection of Ball’s religious work entitled, ‘Icons of the Invisible God’ was published by Elaine Kazimierczuk.
Official website: http://www.petereball.com/