Gareth Ball specialised in figurative paintings, with a particular interest in action paintings of Rugby Football.
He carried out a series of paintings based on the ‘House of Vestal Virgins’ whilst at the British School in Rome and these were exhibited along with a compilation of works based on Farnham RUFC at the Johnson Wax Gallery [Farnham]. Two of the rugby pictures were later chosen by Royal & Dixon publications for greetings cards.
Following this, Gareth was invited to record an Llanelli v Swansea match in a series of paintings. Charterhouse bank then commissioned him to carry out a triptych of works based on the Calcutta Cup matches for their box at Twickenham. He later [in conjunction with Geoff Butterfield] held an exhibition of World Cup paintings at ‘The Rugby Club of London’.
Gareth then went on to complete a series of works recording Harlequins progress in the Pilkington Cup games culminating in an exhibition in the Rose Room Twickenham at the invitation of Pilkington. He was commissioned by Pilkington to paint the whole panoramic view of Twickenham on The Pilkington Cup Day.
Gareth gained his BA at Bath Academy of Art, followed by a year at Goldsmiths College London, where he gained his teaching degree. He then went on to study at postgraduate level at The Slade School of Art under Sir William Coldstream. He worked as a full-time artist until his untimely death in 2003.