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An online talk: sculptor Peter Eugene Ball in conversation with Canon Michael Rawson about his career
We are delighted to have sculptor Peter Eugene Ball in conversation with Canon Michael Rawson about his career and the pieces of his artwork that mean the most to him. Peter created the Madonna and Child which can be seen in the Cathedral nave.
Peter attended Coventry College of Art and in 1961 joined the Marjorie Parr Gallery on the King’s Road in London where he had his first one-man show. His sculpture at that time was diverse and eclectic with no religious connotation. He worked with driftwood and other found objects such as railway sleepers, bells and ropes to create figures which often had an historical, mythical or literary origin. His first religious piece, a simple crucifix, was bought in 1974 by a priest at Westminster Cathedral and four years later he obtained his very first church commission: a memorial crucifix at Preston-on-Stour in Warwickshire.
To date Peter’s sculpture has appeared in over 40 exhibitions and he now produces a major one-man show once every two years, which usually takes place in a cathedral setting and brings together some of his transcendent religious figures along with quirky, often witty secular pieces, both of which define his work. Peter currently has more than 90 works of art in churches and cathedrals throughout the UK – almost certainly more than any other living artist.
His forthcoming exhibition at Southwell Minster in August will be his last major show but he will continue to make sculpture.