trinidad ball

Born in Barcelona, of Catalan parents, Trinidad Ball has lived in Spain, Latin America and England, where she currently resides. She has trained at Central St Martin’s, Putney School of Art and South Thames College.

“I started painting in 1997 and in 2003 I resigned my post as Probation Officer to dedicate myself full-time to art. People and natural objects inspire me and I am excited by bright, strong colours and how they interact. I particularly enjoy the drama created by darkness and light and strong shadows. I am inspired by traditional artists such as Velazquez, Goya, Caravaggio and Rembrandt and of the more contemporary artists I am fascinated by Hopper’s work. Van Gogh moves me.

I describe myself as a Contemporary Realist artist. I use minimalist backgrounds to emphasise the power of the subject, be it people or natural objects. Through lengthy observation I get to know their qualities in intimate detail and I try to convey these through my paintings, capturing their character and uniqueness. Through the application of many thin layers of strong pigment oil paint I create translucent and luminous images. My aim therefore is to create a ‘more real than life’ effect and to give the viewer the illusion that they can touch and feel, and in the case of natural objects, even smell my paintings.”