An image of Painting no 9

Ralph Balson

(Australia 12 Aug 1890 – 1964)

Painting no 9

20th & 21st c Australian art
Further information

I have long held the belief that the arts of man are his expression in terms of a particular medium of his concept of the universe…

The concept of relativity, the vision of it I get as a painter fascinates me. A Universe without beginning, without end. A continuous creating, destroying, and expanding movement, its one constant the speed of light. (The Space Age). …

I can realize that the energy, the atoms that reach us from the sun is the source, the rhythm of existence, and the very narrow band, the spectrum, is all we can ever hope to have to try and reach a small amount of the rhythm and relativity of the universe with the substance of paint.

Ralph Balson, 1960

Place of origin
Pagewood, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
synthetic polymer paint on hardboard
137.0 x 137.0 cm board; 140.4 x 140.4 x 5.5 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. corner, orange synthetic polymer paint "R Balson/ 59".
Purchased 1960
Accession number
© R Balson Estate
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