Allen Ball was born in London and received a First Class B. A. (Honours) Degree in Fine Art – Painting, with a Commendation in Printmaking, from Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts in 1984, and an MVA in Painting, from the University of Alberta (supported by a Commonwealth Scholarship) in 1990.
He was Associate Professor, Painting, and Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Alberta. Over the past 20 years, his work has been grounded primarily in the practice of painting, interrogating the limits of its forms and extending the language of painting into an expanded field of inquiry. Recent projects include: “The Wordless Book and other sounds” (2010), a series of paintings that interrogates the associative power of colour through Baptist preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon’s nonverbal evangelical device the Wordless Book; “The German Autumn in Minor Spaces” (2008), a photographic and screen-based collaboration with Dr. Kimberly Mair (Department of Sociology, University of Lethbridge), pertaining to the ideological struggles of the Red Army Faction or Baader-Meinhof Gang; and, “Spectacle in a State of Exception” (2007), a multi-media project stemming from research conducted as an embedded official Canadian War Artist with Canadian Forces Operation Calumet in the Sinai Peninsula.