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Brian Ballard
Sea At Hollywood
Oil on Board
10" x 14"


Born in Belfast, Brian Ballard trained firstly at the College of Art, Belfast and then at the College of Art, Liverpool. He still lives in Belfast but spends long periods of time living and working in his house on the remote and rugged island of Inishfree off the coast of Donegal.Brian Ballard enjoys painting and is constantly inspired by his response to the ordinary things, such as a vase of flowers, an old iron, a figure, a landscape, a model in his studio. He tends to work in intense bursts of creativity; surges of self-expression that often punctuate periods of restless inactivity. Once started, he may paint the same subject several times, a change of light, of weather, another viewpoint, a difference of scale or proportion of canvas being sufficient to prompt another exploration of the theme. The landscapes he paints are often harsh and untamed such as those off the coast of Donegal or Kerry. He paints the same scenes repeatedly in order to gain the confidence to express its many moods in paint. These landscapes are painted 'en plein air', in front of the subject.Ballard prefers those moments when the sun infused the landscape with colour and chiaroscuro. Ballard is a rich colourist and is interested in the contrasting colours and textures in simple subjects. He strives for balance in his work and his struggle is always centred on a concern to create a subtle harmony of colour and form, a search for the 'structure of a painting' and a desire to entice and lead the eye where he wants it to go.Brian Ballard handles a paintbrush with confidence and a sense of purpose, suppressing details in order to capture an object in bold, decisive strokes. Ballard is concerned with the essence he sees in things. His subjects are always comfortable recognisable, but his treatment of them is invariably painterly and not an alternative to a photograph. He admires artists like Bonnard, Matisse, and Picasso, who painted in hard strokes with courage and audacity; for this is his way.


Exhibition History

Selected Group Exhibitions:

1967 Butlin Foundation for Young Irish Artists, Arts Council Gallery, Belfast
Duchas Exhibition, Queen's University Gallery

Seven North of Ireland Painters, David Hendrick's Gallery, Dublin
Contemporary Irish Painting, Part Square Gallery, Leeds and Glasgow

David Hendrick's Gallery, Dublin

1971 Art Spectrum, Ulster

1982 Listowel International Biennale III

1989 Images of Mourne, Narrow Water Gallery, Warrenpoint "Salute to Turner",
Thos Agnew & Sons, London

1990 Images from Ireland, Brussels

1995-6 Solomon Gallery, Dublin

1996 Banquet Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy

1998 Ansteys Galleries, Harrogate

1999 Art Miami


Solo Exhibitions:

1970 Queen's Gallery, Belfast

1972 Tom Caldwell Gallery, Belfast

1974 Tom Caldwell Gallery, Belfast

1976 Bell Gallery, Belfast

1977 Image Gallery, Dublin

1980 Image Gallery, Dublin

1982 Tom Caldwell Gallery, Belfast

1983 Tom Caldwell Gallery, Belfast

1985 Newry & Mourne Arts Centre

1986 Grafton Gallery, Dublin Main Fine Art, Glasgow

1987 Tom Caldwell Gallery, Belfast Solomon Gallery, London Beaux Arts, Bath

1988 Solomon Gallery, London Kerlin Gallery, Derry

1989 Grafton Gallery, Dublin Beaux Arts, Bath

1990 Kerlin Gallery, Dublin Mistral Galleries, London

1991 Beaux Arts, Bath Kerlin Gallery, Dublin

1992 Waterman Fine Art, London

1993 Cadogan Contemporary, London

1994 Kerlin Gallery, Dublin - Tom Caldwell Gallery, Belfast

1995 Cadogan Contemporary, London & Trist Ann's Gallery, Dundalk

1996 Solomon Gallery, London

1998 Solomon Gallery, London & Cadogan Contemporary, London

1999 Trist Ann's Gallery, Dundalk

2001 The Kenny Gallery, Galway

2003 The Kenny Gallery, Galway



Ulster Museum

Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork

An Comhairle Ealaíon/Arts Council of Ireland

Arts Council of Northern Ireland

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Harverty Trust


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P.J. Carroll

Salzburg Seminar

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