Size: 16"W x 12"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
I am in love with the sky. The ever changing color, drama, subtlety and light that the sky has to offer. In my current work I attempt to create a point of meditation by viewing the quiet and peaceful elements the sky provides. In some cases the drama of the changing sky comes in, however, my most recent paintings concentrate on the opalescent quality of the subtle changes. In all cases the sky is related to an element of earth that keeps it from becoming too ephemeral.
My paintings are built up in layers of color and texture and I start by creating a basic design of the composition. This progresses organically until the painting is realized and shows itself to be finished. Since I have always worked in series, each painting builds from the last one in technique and color which, for me, allows the idea to evolve.
My name is Robert H. Ballard. I am a Vango artist. Thank you for visiting my portfolio. I studied painting at San Francisco State University, where I received a BA degree and The California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA where I received my MFA. I spent over 30 years as a Director and Curator of public and private galleries and have exhibited on both coasts and am included in numerous private and public collections. Selected Solo and Two Person Exhibitions 2015 Two Person Show w/ Julie Miles, Duval Designs Gallery, Millwood, VA 2010 “Chairs: A Conversation”, Two Person Show w/ Alethea Ballard, R.H. Ballard Gallery 1996 Vivant, Charlotte, NC University of Charleston, WV Maryland College of Art & Design, Silver Spring, MD 1995 Sunrise Museum, Downtown Charleston, WV 1994 Salem-Teikyo University, Clarksburg, WV Border’s Books, Bethesda, MD Andrew & Ballard Books, Clarksburg, WV 1970 Yavapi College Art Gallery, Prescott, AZ 1968 Purcell Gallery, Chapman College, Orange, CA 1969 “Old Tricks/New Tricks,” Ahrendes Wright Gallery, Berkeley, CA 1967 Arleigh Gallery, San Francisco, CA MFA Exhibition, CCAC Gallery, California College of Arts & Crafts Selected Group Exhibitions 2013 SRAM, Invitational Exhibition, Cedar Lake Theater, New York, NY 2008 “Summer Color”, 3 Person Show w/ Deloss McGraw and Bruce Dorfman, R. H. Ballard Gallery 2007 “6 Artists of Rapahannock”, R.H. Ballard Gallery 1998-present R.H. Ballard Gallery 1997 Summer Salon, Ellipse Arts Center, Arlington, VA Ira Pinto Gallery, Annapolis, MD Art Vivant Gallery, Charlotte, NC Petrides Gallery, Cherry Hill, NJ 1996 Arlington Showcase IV, Ellipse Art Center Gallery Okada International, Washington, DC Petrides Gallery, Cherry Hill, NC 1995 Art Vivant, Charlotte, NC Three Rivers Art Festival, Pittsburg, PA Faculty Show, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 1994 Annual Juried Exhibition, Art Center, Clarksburg, WV (Best of Show) The Art Company, Davis, WV Huntington Museum, Tri-State Arts Assoc. Exhibition, Huntington, WV Jackson Jubilee Annual Art Show, Jackson Mill, WV 1993 Open Studios, Bethesda, MD RAP Faculty, Rockville Arts Place, Rockville, MD 1992 “Clouds/Culture/Change,” Huntington, Montgomery, AL “EAT”, Russell Sage College Gallery, Schacht Fine Arts Center, Troy,NY 1991 “Richmond Artists,” Jewish Community Center, Richmond, VA 1989 “The Christmas Show,” Wakefield Foundation, Wakefield, VA 1971 “Box Top Art,” Illinois State University, Bloomington, IL 1970 Chabot College Art Gallery, Hayward, CA “Three Young Painters,” Sonoma State College Art Dept. Gallery, CA 1969 “West Coast Sky Scapes” CCAC Gallery “Bay Area Painters Invitational,” College of Marin, Kentfield, CA 1968 “Show of Hands,” CCAC Gallery “Drawings,” University of Guam Art Gallery, Agana, Guam 1966 “We Are All One,” Unicorn Gallery, San Francisco, CA “Phelan Awards,” California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Fran, CA “Annual,” Walnut Creek Civic Arts, Walnut Creek, CA 1965 “All California,” Long Beach Museum of Art. Long Beach, CA San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA 1964 “Tres Norte Americanos,” Atril Galeria de Arte, Madrid, Spain 1963 San Francisco State Student Union Gallery, San Francisco, CA 1962 “The Art of Assemblage,” San Diego State College Art Gallery, CA Selected Public and Corporate Collections San Francisco State University California College of Arts and Crafts University of Guam United States State Department, Washington, DC The Charleston, Newspapers, Charleston, WV The Art Center, Clarksburg, WV Sunrise Museum, Charleston, WV Taylor Books, Charleston, WV Mother Wit, Charleston, WV Piano Productions Inc., Cherry Hill, NJ Stefan Janssen Collection, Brussels, Belgium