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© the artist. Photo credit: Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge

Painting 1979

Julia Ball (b.1930)

Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge

Artist and teacher who studied at Reading University’s school of art as a printmaker. She lived in Cambridge from the early 1960s, taught in local schools and from the early 1970s–90 at Anglia University, painting, part-time. Ball’s interest was the landscape of East Anglia, especially the Fens. She said that she was “working towards trying to sum up place, the place, a particular place, by colour alone … it should be possible to sum it up with one colour”. Her subtly coloured, light-filled pictures had a strong abstract element. Exhibitions included Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, 1978; Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, from 1980; University of Nottingham, 1986; Lynne Strover Gallery, Fen Ditton, from 1992. Eastern Arts, Kettle’s Yard Loan Collection, Fitzwilliam College in Cambridge and Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, hold examples.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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