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Gordon Douglas Ball (b. 1979, Montréal, Québec) is a 3rd generation photographer. Son of two-time National Newspaper Award winner Doug Ball, Gordon Douglas learned photography at a very young age through osmosis. He continued to photograph and paint throughout high school, and attended Ontario College of Art & Design in Toronto on a scholarship from Oakville Galleries recognizing him as the city’s most promising art student. In 1997, Gordon Douglas’s first public exhibition was at Gallery 44 located in Toronto, and since has publicly exhibited his work throughout North America, predominantly New York City and Toronto. He has had 3 solo exhibitions, which include L’Espace Galerie (Montréal, 2007), The Emporium Gallery (Montréal, 2009) and SG Gallery (Toronto, 2009). Gordon Douglas's work deals with alienation, loneliness, and artistic independence. He lives and works in New York City.
"After leaving Montreal for NYC in 2010, I found myself being offered a contract position with Reuters News Agency. However, I had just come out of a 15 year photography career, and felt distanced with the medium. A few months after deciding to turn down 20 year old me’s dream job, and working and waiting for my green card to come through, I stumbled into the De Kooning retrospective at the MoMA. That was the moment I knew that photography was behind me in the classic sense and I was excited create again. In the following two years I used my knowledge of film and light to create photographs without using a camera body. The unconventional process and how I was able to manipulate light on film like a paintbrush was exciting. This was the stepping stone for me into painting.
When people ask me about my work I find myself explaining my process and inspiration similarly in the way I did with photography. Many of the same ideals are expressed, color, form, rules of thirds, subject and where the eyes enter and exit the frame. But most importantly for me, is the process. I learned photography on a Nikon Fm2 film camera, which was handed down from my grandfather to me in 1995. I learned about film, f stops, pushing and pulling exposures, and printing and developing both color and black and white images. It took years of practice and observation to learn how to capture and create beautiful images, and now I find myself exploring the medium of paint and canvas. I am excited by the possibilities ahead, and the process of discovery.
Photography to me came second nature and taught me so much. It required calculation and preparation, but I wanted to paint and make a mess."
Early in 2012, Gordon Douglas released a self published photography book, and was archived by the following Museums:
• Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto Canada
• Musée D'Art Contemporain de Montréal, Montréal Canada
• The Museum of Modern Art, New York City USA