Working with Light and Shadow

Brian Ballard was born in Belfast in 1943, he studied at the College of Art Belfast 1961- 1964 and at the Liverpool college of art 1964- 1965. Ballard is a contemporary painter of figurative nudes, landscapes and expressionistic still life. His practice has developed into stylistic representations of subjects through the use of rich colours and bold brushstrokes. He often re-presents multiple renditions of the same subject to evoke changes in time and atmosphere.

View “Two Bottles and Daffodils” within the Collection

Two Bottles and Daffodils by Brian Ballard

Two Bottles and Daffodils by Brian Ballard


Working with light and shadow, Ballard has developed a pallette with highly evocative pigments midnight blue and aqua marine, laying down thick strokes of paint that bring great depth and expression to his canvases.

“His work is emotional, intuitive and expressive, yet firmly portrays the subject before him. Each canvas possesses a strength of intimacy and immediacy that prompts quiet admiration from the viewer. Every individual painting is a timeless chronicle of found objects, the human figure or the natural world. Captured elements are marshalled into an order chosen by the artist and then crystallised to offer a creative impression of a familiar subject. Brian Ballard’s work is marked by purity of expression and fidelity to nature as he witnesses it.”- Marianne O’Kane

His work can be found in many collections including The Arts Council of Ireland, A.I.B., Crawford Municipal Gallery Cork, The Ulster Museum, The National Trust, Waterford Wedgewood PLC and Irish Rock Legends U2.


Liverpool College of Art, Liverpool 1961-64,

Belfast College of Art, Belfast, 1964-65,

Selected Exhibitions

Linenhall Library, Belfast, 2011

Peppercanister, Dublin with Lisa Ballard, 2011

Greenacres, with Lisa Ballard, 2010

Cadogan Contemporary, London, 2010

Greenacres Gallery, Wexford 2009

Peppercanister Gallery, Dublin, 2009

Cadogan Contemporary, London, 2008

Barbara Stanley, London with Lisa Ballard, 2007

Peppercanister Gallery, Dublin, 2007

“Paintings 2000-2005” Gormleys Fine Art, Omagh, 2005

Solomon Gallery, Dublin, 2004

Cadogan Contemporary, London, 2004

Solomon Gallery, Dublin, 2004

Henshelwood Gallery, Newcastle-on-Tyne, 2003

Cadogan Contemporary, London, 2002

New Year 2001, Cadogan Contemporary, London, 2001

C20 – C21, A Painting for the New Century, Cadogan, 2000

One-person Show, Cadogan Contemporary, London, 2000

New Year Exhibition, Cadogan Contemporary, London, 1999

Summer Show, Cadogan Contemporary, London1998,

Solo Exhibition, Cadogan Contemporary, London, 1998

Art Miami, Solomon Gallery, 1998

Adam Gallery, Armagh, 1997

Solomon Gallery, Dublin, 1996

Cadogan Contemporary, London, 1996

Banquet Exhibition, Royal Hibernian, 1996

Tom Caldwell Gallery, Belfast, 1994

Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, 1994

Cadogan Contemporary, London, 1993

Waterman Fine Art, London, 1992

Mistral Galleries, London, 1990

Images from Ireland, Brussels, 1990

“Salute to Turner”, Thos Agnew & Sons Ltd, London, 1990

Beaux-Arts, Bath , 1989,91

Kerlin Gallery, Dublin , 1988,90,91

Solomon Gallery, London, 1987,88

Main Fine Art, Glasgow, 1986

Grafton Gallery, Dublin, 1986

Listowel International Biennale III, 1982

Tom Caldwell Gallery, Belfast, 1982

Image Gallery, Dublin, 1980

Art Spectrum, Ulster, 1971

Butlin Foundation for Young Irish Artists, Arts Council Gallery, Belfast, 1967


Ulster Museum National Trust
Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork
Ulster TelevisioN
An Comhairle Ealaion/ Arts Council of Ireland
Royal Bank of Scotland
Arts Council of Northern Ireland
Belfast Education & Library Board
Great Southern Hotels
Guiness Peat Aviation
Haverty trust
Waterford Crystal plc
Jefferson Smurfit Group plc
C.R. Sugar Trading
Conrad International Hotel, Dublin
Irish Intercontinental Bank


Design of poster, Arts Council of Northern Ireland in collaboration with poet John Montague, 1973


Caroll Prize, Irish Exhibition of Living Artists, 1970


O’Kane Boal, Marianne Brian Ballard – Trinity of Genres, Nicholson and Bass, Belfast, 2005.

Mallie, E. (ed), 100 Years of Irish Art, Nicholson and Bass, 2000, Belfast Finlay, S., The National Self-Portrait Collection of Ireland, University of Limerick Press, 1989 Ruane, F., The Allied Irish Bank Collection, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, 1986 Longley, M. (ed), Causeway: The Arts in Ulster, Nicholson and Bass, 1971, Belfast

Represented by

Peppercanister Gallery, Dublin

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