George Ball Biography

George Ball

American - French



George Ball, painter and printmaker, was born in San Francisco, California on August 10, 1929. He studied art at Stanford University in northern California. Ball was one of the second generation of artists to look to Europe moving to Paris in 1957 where he attended the Sorbonne.  In 1958, he began to work at Stanley William Hayter's Atelier 17 and he taught briefly at the workshop. Ball began as a figurative painter but his drypoints were studies of light and dark and contour. With Hayter’s support, Ball began showing internationally.


Ball exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions and is included in the collections of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, San Francisco; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Kunst Museum in Zurich; Musée d’Art Moderne and Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. He was a member of "Amigrav" (Amicale Internationale de Graveurs) in Montreal, Canada.


George Ball died in Paris, France on October 30, 2010.