Basil Blackshaw RUA (b.1932)
Noted for his expressionist even abstract approach to traditional
paintings, as well as his sports paintings and portraits, Basil
Blackshaw was born in Glengormley, County Antrim, Northern
Ireland. He attended Methodist College in Belfast and studied at
the Belfast College of Art from 1948 to 1951. Then, in 1951 he
was awarded a scholarship by the Committee for the Encouragement of
Music and the Arts to study in Paris.
Since then he has mainly
worked in the Lagan Valley. A master in the technical skills of
painting, Blackshaw is highly regarded for his loose application of
paint and a very distinctive use of colour. His pictures of horse
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