New Book: Not to be missed! Reviewed by Karen Ryer
Paperback, 60 pages
For those of us fortunate enough to know the nearly six decades of Ballaine’s paintings and sculpture (and to know him personally), this small but mighty catalog of his recent work in bronze, plaster and yes, marble is a MUST have for any student of 21st century stone sculpture.
Ballaine spent the last 10 years creating female figures in Carrara marbles. But not only does his figurative carving break ground with powerful moving line, texture and motion.
He has broken the color barrier by painting his figures. Yes, he has taken a page from Greek sculpture, and written an entirely new book in how to enliven. Ballaine’s lifelong work as a painter has brought him to this stunning apex in stone carving.His sculpture, like his painting, moves and flows in countless dimensions, and for us stone carvers, opens a vista of potential for our imaginations to seize for our own work.
The catalog also features his new bronze and painted plaster work. Ballaine lives and works here in Sonoma County, California.