Mission Statement

“My goal is to accurately recreate the human form, with all the wonderful vagaries unique to every individual,
first to scale in clay, to make a mold and then cast and patina it in such a way as to make a pleasing work of art.
I want to create something that the viewer can experience everyday, and never grow tired of looking at.
Something that continues to constantly give pleasure to the viewer each time it is experienced.”

Artist’s Bio

Hiram P. Ball, Jr.Hiram Ball came to figurative sculpting as an extension to his business career via a series of unique turns, and genetics. His grandparents had a talent for painting and could claim Charles M. Russell and his protégé, Joe deYong, as friends when they had their ranch in Idaho in the early 1900’s. In addition, his mother was a respectable painter, so the visual arts were always in the home, as well as an environment that appreciated the arts while growing up on a working farm outside of Pittsburgh, PA.

However, the entrepreneurial spirit took over after a stint in the Marines and college. “Creating a business or a creating a work of art draws on the same creative instincts,” is his position. While training sculptors and giving workshops on how to use several of the products he developed to cast their work he became intrigued with doing his own figurative sculpting and life casting. Taking workshops with some of the best figurative sculptors and extensive study of anatomy convinced him that clay, molds and bronze were his medium.

“To me, the human body is the most unique form in the world when you consider how it moves and conveys emotion and energy. The stories it tells, if you only look. My goal is to interpret that in clay first and then into a permanent bronze, for others to enjoy. It is a difficult quest. The fun is trying to captive it. Viewing Rodin’s “She Who Was Once the Helmet-Maker’s Beautiful Wife” and the “Gates of Hell” had a strong impact on reinforcing this decision to become a figurative sculptor.

An Orleans, MA resident, he currently is working from his studio in Harwich, MA

 

Represented by Gallery Antonia, Chatham, MA.

Casting Mediums
Atelier Ball, ArtistAll of Mr. Ball’s work is cast either in foundry cast bronze, or a cold casting medium that uses spray atomized metal powders in heavy concentrations in a water or resin based matrix. These mixes, which incorporate the metal powders, or marble dust or other fillers as an example, would when cured, behave like the respective materials. This means they would respond to chemical acid patinas and be polished using traditional metal working equipment to give a cast that looks, feels and weighs like a foundry cast piece of sculpture. Other fillers can be finished to give natural looks. This results in a much more affordable work of art. Each piece is cast by hand and individually patinaed and burnished. Consequently, no two pieces will be exactly alike.

 

Commissions/Special Projects
Commissions, special projects and special requests can be undertaken.
Please contact gallery personnel to outline your needs.

 

Education
Franklin & Marshall College, BA, 1968

Workshops & Private Study

  • Scottsdale Artists School
    • Jerry Cox, Tuck Langland FNSS, Lincoln Fox FNSS, John Coleman FNSS & CA
  • Duncan MacDiarmid
  • Fritz White CA
  • Walt Horton & Lincoln Fox FNSS

Teaching Experience

  • Scottsdale Artists School with Jerry Cox,
    Mold Making and Casting

Professional Memberships

  • Founding Board Member of the Association of Lifecasters International
  • Board of Directors of the National Sculpture Society, New York, New York
  • American Artists Professional League – elected member, Board (Associate Director)
  • Portrait Society of America – member
  • Beachcombers Club, Provincetown, MA
 

Exhibitions, Gallery Shows and Awards

2015

  • CAC Member's Show, La Steeple, Honorable Mention
  • All Cape Cod Art Show, Une Grace, Honorable Mention

2014

  • The American Artists Professional League, 86th National Show, Salmagundi Club New York, New
    York
  • Member’s Show, Creative Art Center, Chatham, MA
  • Second Annual September Invitational, Creative Art Center, Chatham, MA
  • All Cape Cod Art Show, Honorable Mention – Ray of Hope, Chatham, MA
  • Plymouth Guild 47th Annual Juried Art Show, Plymouth, MA Juror
  • American Artists Professional League
  • 86th Grand National Exhibition – George Gach Memorial Award


2003 and prior

  • Alpha Studio, Jefferson, IA Summer Show
  • Gallerie Chiz, Pittsburgh, PA “Bodies of Work”, “Art in Abundance”, “Holiday Show”
  • Bird in the Hand Gallery, Sewickley, PA One Man Show
  • World West Gallery, Washington, PA Art in the Alley
  • Loveland Invitational, Loveland, CO 1998 through 2003
  • Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Sewickley, PA “A brush with History”
  • Pittsburgh Horticultural Society Group Show
  • Sculpture International, Atlanta, GA Group Show
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