Brian Ballard

Born in 1943 - Ireland


Born in 1943 in Belfast, Brian Ballard is an Irish artist. He currently lives and works between Belfast and the Isle of Innisfree.

He studied fine arts at the School of Art of Belfast and Liverpool. The artist paints still life and landscapes in a simplified style. He gets inspired by objects and people from his daily life such as a vase of flowers, an sculpture or a person passing by, in order to create pieces completely connected with contemporary life.

What characterizes Brian Ballard's work is his intense work on color that makes his canvas vibrate. With a meticulous and dynamic brush stroke, he creates color contrast and effects in the material. His proficiency of the brush and knife technique allows him to create powerful pieces. He creates the perfect harmony between color and shape.

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2014-15 Brian Ballard, Paintings 1964-2014?, Ormeau Baths, Gallery, Belfast.
Strule Arts Centre, Omagh
McKenna Gallery , Omagh
Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre, Limavady
Rathfarnahm Castle, Dublin
Market Place Arts Centre, Armagh
2011 Market Portrait’s, ST George’s Market, Belfast Linen Hall Library Gallery, Belfast
2010 Cadogan Comtemporary Gallery, London
2009 James Wray Gallery, Wexford
2007 Cavanacor, Lifford with Lisa Ballard
2007 The Barbara Stanley Gallery, London
2006 Kennys Galway 2005 Gormleys Fine Art, Omagh
2004 Cadogan Contemporary, London
2003 Henshelwood Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne
2002 Cadogan Contemporary, London Solomon Gallery, Dublin
2001 Kenny’s, Galway
2000 Cadogan Contmeporary, London Solomon Gallery London
1999 Tristann gallery, Dundalk


2014 Oriel Gallery, Antrim, Lisa Ballard
‘Irish Art In Cambridge’ (Gordon Gallery, Derry),
Gonville & Caius College Library, Cambridge.
2013 The Barbara Stanley Gallery, London
2012 Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast (Paul Henry Prize)
2011 Peppercanister Gallery, Dublin , Lisa Ballard
2007 Royal Ulster Academy
2007 Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
2006 Royal Ulster Academy
2000 Ireland Now, Messum’s London
2000 Cadogan Contemporary
1999 Art Miami
1998 Ansteys Galleries, Harrogate
1990 Images from Ireland Brussel
1989 Images Mourne, Narrow Water Gallery, Warrenpoint “Salute to Turner”, Thos Agnew & Sons, London
1982 Listowel International Biennale III
1971 Art Spectrum, Ulster
1970 David Hendrick’s Gallery, Dublin
1969 Seven North of Ireland Painters, David Hendricks gallery Dublin Contemporary Irish painting, Park Square Gallery, Leeds and Glasgow
1967 Butilin Foundation for Young Irish Artists Art Council Gallery, Belfast Duchas Exhibition, Queens University Gallery


Ulster Museum Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork
An Comairle Ealaion / Arts Council of Ireland
Arts Council of Northern Ireland
Great Southern Hotels
Haverty Trust
Saltzburg Seminar
National Trust
Ulster Telvision
Belfast Education and Library Board
Royal Bank of Scotland
Waterford Wedgwood plc
Conrad International Hotel
Irish Continental Bank

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