A colourful painting with visible brush strokes of a white jug with yellow and red flowers in it, on a purple and yellow table. The title is across the bottom in white, thin capital letters.

Brian Ballard: Paintings 1964-2014

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This handsome hardback book on the artist Brian Ballard was published to coincide with a major retrospective of his work held at the Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, at the end of 2014. Over the past fifty years, Brian Ballard has carved out a reputation as a leading Northern Irish artist, and this book is a comprehensive survey of his career.

When starting out as an artist, Ballard was described as one of the most promising painters of his generation by Kenneth Jamison. Since then his work has progressed from figuration to abstraction and back to figuration. The city of Belfast, its streets, avenues and the River Lagan all feature prominently.

With an essay written by Marianne O’Kane-Boal and reflections on many of the paintings by the poet Ciaran Carson, this fascinating book covers all strands of the artist’s practice – abstract paintings, figure studies, still life, landscape and portraiture. It is a veritable feast of colour, vitality and interest.


Author: Marianne O'Kane-Boal, Ciaran Carson

Format: Hardback

Publisher: Gandon Editions

ISBN: 9781910140055

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