Morag Ballard 

Born in London 1961, Morag Ballard studied initially at Chelsea School of Art, London 1981-2 where she first experimented with the interrelationships between two dimensional and three dimensional expressions of form.
This led her to study sculpture at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham Court 1982-5 developing individual sculptures of plaster, string and fabric into broadly conceived installations in large interior spaces. Here she studied under Michael Pennie and Ken Hughes and came into contact with some of the leading British sculptors of the time including Richard Deacon and Antony Gormley.
In 1983 she was awarded the Gane Trust Travel Scholarship for sculpture taking her to Carrara, Italy.
  
 "Untitled 1985" Plaster 36 x 40x 50 ins.             


On completing her degree, Morag Ballard was awarded a student internship at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice in 1986. where she found her  direction validated by the study of works of the Russian Constructivists, the paintings of Jean Helion and the boxes of Joseph Cornell.
On her return to the U.K. Morag Ballard set up studio in South West Scotland where she began to develop her ideas through paintings, reliefs and boxed constructions, work which led to her first showing at England & Co. London in 1991.
After five years in Scotland, Morag Ballard moved to Penzance where her work was aesthetically in tune with the line of abstraction that had developed in Cornwall via Naum Gabo , Peter Lanyon and John Wells.

"Acoustic" 2004 Oil on canvas  71 x 75 ins.         


Sometimes suggestive of architectural forms and classical geometric pattern, her work delivers a definite sculptural impact, occasionally enhanced by the employment of relief and shaped or curved canvases.

Developed in a large studio overlooking Mounts Bay, Morag's lyrical paintings continue their formal exploration of implied space and structure, most recently through defined linear elements.


"Linear" 2016 Oil on canvas  30 x 40 ins.           
                                                            

Solo Exhibitions


1991       Morag Ballard : Constructions, Reliefs & Works on Paper,   England & Co.  London
1993       Morag Ballard : Constructions, Reliefs, Paintings,   England & Co.  London
1996       Morag Ballard : Recent Works,   England & Co. London
2001       Morag Ballard : Recent Work,  England & Co. London
2003       Morag Ballard : Recent Work,  England & Co. London
2005       Morag Ballard : Recent Work,  England & Co. London
2008       Morag Ballard : Recent Paintings,  England & Co. London
2013
       Morag Ballard : Lemon Street Gallery, Truro
2017         Morag Ballard : Andelli Art, Somerset


                                                            



Group Exhibitions

1985         Group Exhibition, The Edge, Walcot Street, Bath
1991         Art in Boxes,  England & Co. London
                Group Exhibition, Gordon Hepworth Gallery Exeter
1992         Art in Boxes,  England & Co. London
                Twentieth Century Art Fair, Royal College of Art, London ( England & Co. )
1993         Art in Boxes,  England & Co. London
                Art in Boxes,  ( Curated by Jane England ) Castle Museum, Nottingham
                Twentieth Century Art Fair , Royal College of Art, London ( England & Co. )
1994         Gallery Artists,  England & Co. London
                Group Exhibition, White Lane Gallery, Plymouth
1999         Continuation,  England & Co. London
1995-2012 Exhibited in annual exhibitions:  Gallery Artists,  England & Co. London
                Exhibited with England & Co.  Art 95  to  Art 2003,  (London Contemporary Art Fair)
                                                            London Art Fair, 2004-2007
                                                            All at the Business Design Centre, London
2007          20/ 21 Art Fair,  Royal College of Art London ( England & Co. )
2008         The London Art Fair,  Business Design Centre, London ( England & Co. )
                Summer Exhibition,  England & Co. London
2009         City X, England & Co. London
                London Art Fair 2009, Business Design Centre, London ( England & Co.)
2010         Pallant House Gallery, Chichester: alongside John Tunnard, Inner Space to Outer Space and
                                                                                  St, Ives and Beyond
2011         Old & New: A Kind of Equivalence, England & Co. London
2012         London Art Fair 2012, Business Design Centre, London ( England & Co.)
2012         Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition,  London
2013         Cadogan Contemporary, London.
Summer Exhibition               
                The Discerning Eye,
Mall Galleries, London
                                                              Invited artist of Liz Anderson, Art Editor ‘The Spectator’
                Belgrave Gallery, St. Ives. Yuletide Exhibition
2014         London Art Fair 2014,
Business Design Centre, London ( Lemon Street Gallery )  
               
Belgrave Gallery, St. Ives. Contemporary Art
                                                      Summer Exhibition 2014            

                Lemon Street Gallery,  Truro.  Fifteen Years
               
Josie Eastwood Fine Art, Hampshire.  The Autumn Exhibition 2014               

                The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
                Belgrave Gallery, St. Ives. Christmas and New Year Exhibition
2015        
Spring Exhibition 2015 Josie Eastwood Fine Art
                Royal West of England Academy, Bristol. 163 Open Exhibition
 
2016        
The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
2017         
Royal West of England Academy, Bristol. 165 Open Exhibition        




"White City" 2007 Oil on canvas 18 x 28 ins.          
               

Selected Bibliography

 Morag Ballard: Constructions, Reliefs and Works on paper, exhibition catalogue
 texts by Sister Wendy Beckett and Morag Ballard. England & Co. London 1991

 St.Ives Follower Goes Solo, Antique Trade Gazette, 21 September 1991

 Morag Ballard, Exhibition review by Sister Wendy Beckett, Arts Review, "20 September 1991

 Morag Ballard: Constructions, Reliefs, Paintings, exhibition catalogue
 texts by Peter Davies and Morag Ballard. England & Co. London 1993

 St. Ives Revisited ; Innovators and Followers,  Peter Davies,  The Old Bakehouse Publications 1994

 Morag Ballard: Recent Works,  exhibition catalogue, texts by Morag Ballard and Peter Davies, England & Co.  
 London 2001
 
 Morag Ballard: Recent Work,
exhibition catalogue, introduction by Jane England. England & Co. London 2003

 Morag Ballard: Recent Work, exhibition catalogue, introduction by Jane England. England & Co. London 2005

 St. Ives 1975-2005 Art Colony in Transition,  Peter Davies, St. Ives Printing & Publishing Co. 2007

 Morag Ballard: Recent Paintings, exhibition catalogue, introduction by Jane England, England & Co.
 London 2008
 
 June Portfolio: Morag Ballard,
Artists & Illustrators Magazine, issue 261, June 2008

 Interviews-Artists Volume Two, Recordings 2010, N.P. James, CV Publications 2010

 The Discerning Eye, by Liz Anderson, The Spectator, 16 November 2013

 Morag Ballard at Lemon Street Gallery, by Helen Hoyle, Women Artists in Cornwall,
 www.cornishmuse.blogspot.com
, Feb 2014   

 Kit Kemp: the style secrets of a famous hotelier and interior designer,

 Evening Standard Homes & Property, 24 March 2016  



"Foyer" 2007 Oil on canvas 12 x 18 ins                    . 





    




            
 





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