Signage is  a recurring theme within the work of Mike Ballard. In his paintings and sculptures, Ballard aims to bring our attention to the visual noise that influences a fundamental experience of the everyday urban environment. His works riff on the territorial gestures that form the boundaries between public and private property. Ballard’s approach to the metropolis as a ‘ready-made’, allows for a transformation of the quotidian. Here Ballard shows sculptures made from recycled hoardings, structures that physically mark a division between public and private space, and paintings based on the texture produced by graffiti and the remains of stickers found on municipal signage, suggestive of a kind of illegible urban language.    Ben Tuffnell 2017


Ballard’s works possess a formal allure whilst simultaneously alluding to the aesthetics of urban regeneration, to the guarded boundaries and territories of the street. More recently experimenting with industrial paints and photocopy toner, exploring the patterned residue left on the fabric of the city once stickers and other illicit advertising and ephemera has been removed, Ballard thus continues to explore the excess and surplus that the urban landscape generates, the beautiful accidents that it admits. He explores the life cycle of the city through its birth, death and rebirth – the spontaneous beauty of the city from below.  Rafael Schacter 2017


b. 1972

Lives and works in London

Solo exhibitions

Gutter Snipe The Bomb Factory Art Foundation, London Sept 2019

Adapt to the collapse Union Gallery, London November 2018

Where the concrete meets the glass The Silver building, Silvertown London August 2018

Laying in the cut  KARST, Plymouth end of residency presentation May 2018

If Destroyed Even More True  Block Madrid,  Madrid  November 2016

Capital Slang  Angus-Hughes Gallaery. London. June 2016

Advertising The Invisible   The Residence Gallery. London. December 2013

I.D.S.T  Block 336. London. June 2012.

The Ultra Nomadic Def Smith Cycle  Edel Assanti project space. London.March 2011

Whose coat is that jacket you're wearing  Walkers Tailor. London October 2010

The All of everything  The Arts Gallery. London December 2009.

Where you end, I begin.   Hertford road Warehouse. London November 2008

The Good Fight   Three Colts Gallery, Bethnal Green London 2005


Selected group exhibitions

Sugar Mountain, The Silver Building September 2019

Studio Visit, No.20 Arts London September 2019

Painting and other bad habits Charlotte Fogh Gallery, Aarhus Denmark November 2018

Recreational Grounds Wendover estate carpark, London July 2018

Summer Exhibition Royal Academy London June 2018

Slippage  Von Goetz Art London April 2018

Cloud Concrete Unit1 Gallery London February 2018

In Residence  Griffin Gallery London July 2017

Transient Space  Prafin Gallery London July 2017

Ceremony   No.20 Arts London May 2017

Micro Salon 7  Galerie L'inlassable  March 2017

Winter Pop-up  Footfall Art London Jan 2017

Venturing Beyond. Somerset House London, March 2016

Earth is our Radio. KARST Plymouth, Feb 2016

The eternal broadcast. Lust & the apple Gallery, Temple, Scotland May 2015

Mapping the city  Somerset house, London Jan 2015

Mind in transit  Known gallery, Los Angeles. July 2013

Volta 9. Eb&Flow . Basel (Fair) 2013

Pick me up. Somerset House 2012

Gone with the wind.  Raven Row.London June 2011

Heavens to Mergatroyd  The Arts Gallery London. May 2011

Social cinema  The residence. London. May 2011

Pieced de resistance  MediaMatic. Amsterdam. April 2011

Best in Video   Gallery Primo Alonso. July 2010

.Mov  Plusnull. Liepzig June 2010

At Home  Maddox Arts. London. March 2009

The Twilight Suite  Louise Boulin Institute London. July 2008

Future Map  The Arts Gallery, Davies St. London December 2007

Into The Frying Pan  Espace Uhoda, Liege Belgium. September 2007

Identikit  Temporary Contemporary, Deptford London. February 2006



M.A Fine Art Central Saint Martins College London. 2005-07



KARST GalleryStudio 2 Residency May 2018

Untapped Residency Cyprus January 2018

Griffin Gallery project based residency May 2017

Penhouse residency, Brussels March 2016

Bethnal Green Nature Reserve Billboard project  Jan 2015

Hermes Wanderland-Saatchi Gallery  May 2015

Canals project residency Sao Paulo Brasil- Dec 2013



Qatar Royal Family collection

David Roberts art foundation

University of the Arts London

Espace Uhoda Belgium

Soho House London

Private collections in United Kingdom, Europe and United States.