Basil Blackshaw

Colin Davidson b 1968, Portrait of Basil Blackshaw, 2012, oil on linen, 127 x 117cm

Colin Davidson, Portrait of Basil Blackshaw, 2012

It is with great sadness that we learn of the recent death of Basil Blackshaw (1932–2016), an artist who ploughed his own furrow; he was widely admired for his great talent, playful sense of humour and humility. These qualities made the Antrim-born artist disarming in person but his commitment to his work was never in doubt. Recognized as a brilliant draughtsman, Blackshaw continued to develop and surprise throughout his career. Blackshaw’s art graced the pages of the Irish Arts Review many times, his achievement was memorably described by Brian Fallon thus ‘With a career stretching back over roughly six decades, Basil Blackshaw could justly claim to have added an entire dimension, or at the very least an extra chapter, to Irish painting.’

We republish here from the archive, Far from the madding crowd by Brian Fallon (Irish Arts Review, Summer 2012) and Blackshaw’s World by Riann Coulter (Irish Arts Review, Winter 2008).


Irish Arts Review, Winter 2002


Irish Arts Review, Summer 2012


Basil Blackshaw, Dolly, 1989



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