Biography of Christopher John Ball:
Christopher John Ball BA (Hons) MA is a widely exhibited
and published, award winning, London based, fine arts photographer,
writer, campaigner, reviewer, publisher, curator, arts juror and lecturer.
With over 35 years experience as an artist - his work is held within
public and private collections worldwide and he is, together with
artist Paul Woods, co-founder of The Association of Erotic Artists
- an international academic and campaigning body committed to working
towards a greater acceptance of the erotic arts whilst defending the
genre from the dual threats of censorship and intolerance.
After several years within a commercial photographic
background, including running his own studio, Chris became increasingly
drawn to the use of photography as a fine arts medium and this, along
with exploring the role of the arts within the community and education,
has been the direction his work has taken him. In the 1980's Chris
was a founder member of 'Action Factory' - a community arts group,
based in Lancashire, created with the aim of democratising and expanding
the role of the arts within the community - in particular amongst
Given that he has been disabled since youth
- Chris maintains an active role in the campaign to promote disability
awareness and rights. He is particularly focused upon fighting the pernicious impact of the anti-disabled policies of former UK Prime Minister David Cameron - images can be viewed here. These appalling attacks upon disabled people, by the UK Government, have recently been condemned by the UN via the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Yet, despite this, these policies are increasing in severity under PM Theresa May.
Christopher is currently co-writing and co-directing, with Dean Sipling, the film The House Rules. This film will explore the UK Governments pernicious policies that have targeted disabled people, resulting in deaths, and will do so through the genre of the English ghost story. Think of an M R James ghost story filmed by Ken Loach.
His art work, views and opinions are very much in demand
and he has contributed articles on photography, the arts, politics,
philosophy and other topics for various international publications
and media outlets. His images have been showcased in Italian, German,
Spanish, Hong Kong SAR, British and mainland Chinese publications
and displayed within the pages of several respected online galleries.
He has also been interviewed on Radio and filmed at work for Television
programmes that have been transmitted across Europe, the USA and Great
Christopher was selected as a juror for both the 2008/09
'Erotic Signature' annual international arts competition and the 'Erotic
Review Photographer of the Year Prize 2009.' In 2011 Chris sat on
the international Jury for the 2011 '12
inches of Sin' competition and juried exhibition sponsored
by the Sin City Gallery, Las Vegas and organised by Dr Laura Henkel.
2013, 2014 and 2015 '12 inches of Sin' juried exhibitions saw Chris sitting on the selection
committee, of what is fast becoming a prestigious annual
diary entry for artists, and he repeats the role for the 2016
12 Inches of Sin juried exhbition. Chris is also proud
to be an X-Rite
He recently had work on show at the 'Erotic Heritage
Museum' in Las Vegas, USA, the 'ArtBay Gallery' in Stoke on Trent,
the 'She Said' Gallery, Brighton, the Len Gifford Gallery, Milton
Keynes, 'The Gallery' in Liverpool, 'Southland's Arts Centre', London
and various London venues including 'The Trocadero' and 'Olympia'.
He has curated several art exhibitions and has acted as a producer
within fringe theatre. Chris has more exhibitions, projects and publications
planned for 2015/16. If you wish to be placed on his mailing list
and receive news of publications and exhibitions please send an email
"...sensual nudes that pay homage to the female
form in a manner that is both graceful and elegant. Very rarely do
we come across a portfolio that strikes us so deeply..." - The
New Nude Magazine
Christopher also acts as a fine art/photography advisor,
international photographic competition juror, portfolio consultant
and exhibition curator. He has experience in facilitating and advising
on art based/lifestyle TV programming - in particular fine art photography
and erotic arts. In addition to his fine art work Chris has also produced
several photographic projects of a socio-documentary nature that have
attracted Arts Council funding.
In addition to his teaching and photographic work; Chris
also works in film and theatre. ''Throwing Stones: What's in your
family album?'' was co-written by Christopher John Ball and Dean Sipling.
Performed in 2005, a revised version of 'Throwing Stones' was published
in November 2013, and is available, through Amazon, by clicking Throwing
Stones, the pair are at work on several new projects.
“Mid-life male photographer meets young, nubile
female student-cum-artistic muse - so far its old hat. But photographer
turned playwright Christopher John Ball and co-writer Dean Sipling,
whose background is film and television, bring the pairing into a
thoroughly contemporary world of intercepted emails, sinister insinuation
and sharp retorts. Their ‘guilty until proved innocent’ plot ... is
thoroughly watchable and believable - perhaps as a result of Ball’s
professional insights and DS Dom Lucas’ services as police advisor
to the production.” - Barbara Lewis – The Stage
An Artist Statement expanding upon the themes explored
within Christopher's work can be found