Derek Ball

b. 1944

Derek Ball was born in Masterton and studied at the University of Auckland, Elam School of Fine Arts, graduating in 1966. He was recipient of the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship at the University of Otago in 1968. It is here that Ball began his explorations in plastic resins.

Ball travelled to the UK and later to California where he completed an MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute. Returning to Aotearoa, Ball took up a teaching position at the Dunedin School of Art from 1978 to 2002.

Ball's art is recognised for its experimentation with plastics, a substance which is both ubiquitous and reified, futuristic and now somewhat archaic. Expressing it's ability to transform and mutate, plastic appears as the perfect contemporary medium.

~ details cited from Henry Davidson, curator of Dunedin Public Art Gallery | Derek Ball: High-Tech Fantasy, 16 November 2013 - 26 January 2014.

See also:

Derek Ball, ‘Kinetic Wind Sculpture’ (1981), Civic Plaza, Ōtepoti Dunedin

Image: Bronwyn Holloway-Smith, Public Art Heritage Aotearoa New Zealand, 2021