A BIOGRAPHY WRITTEN BY JACK LEISSRING
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Polymath, multi-talented, restlessly innovative, profoundly proliferative, Jerrold Ballaine, the fully maturated artist, behaves as if he is enjoying the salad course of life (American style). He is a west-coast native and life long resident; his career bridges social and artistic eras, reflecting his broadly diverse interests. Known as a leader in the "Bay Area Figurative School," he also led the "Funk" movement of the 1970’s. His output of uniformly significant work is extraordinary by any standard. The present study attempts to examine a life of many inter-penetrating interests and skills. In an era of superspecalization,it is rare that so many significant skills are embodied by one artist In an era where individuals of doubtful significance are raised to undeserved status, If we considered only Ballaine’s contributions to figurative painting and sculpture, it would yield a vast body of significant work. The quantity and variety of Ballaine’s work required two separate volumes, yet these texts cannot be considered a catalog raisonné; it is only the tip of an iceburg.
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Jerrold Ballaine, Book One
Jerrold Ballaine, Book Two
By: Scott A. Shields, Ph.D.
Chief Curator/Associate Director
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento