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Basil Blackshaw, 1932–2016

Anna on a Sofa1960

Basil Blackshaw is one of the foremost Northern Irish painters of a generation that followed Daniel O’Neill and Colin Middleton. His post-expressionist treatment of the Northern Ireland landscape has characterised his work throughout his career.
‘Anna on a Sofa’ is not typical of Blackshaw’s work. It is more minimal in its construction. The canvas has been less exploited in terms of colour and composition than is characteristic of his style of painting. On the other hand, the artist tends to delineate his paintings with horizontal and vertical markings. This is clearly the case in ‘Anna on a Sofa’, where a balance is upheld between the focal point of the figure and the colourful stripes of the sofa.

MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed, 122.5 x 122.5 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992
Item NumberIMMA.135 GL
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Basil Blackshaw, Anna on a Sofa, 1960, Oil on canvas, Unframed, 122.5 x 122.5 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Basil Blackshaw 1932–2016

Basil Blackshaw is the foremost Northern Irish painter of his generation. He studied at the Belfast College of Art and he is best known for his post expressionist landscape paintings, portraits, equine and animal paintings. The Arts Council of Northern Ireland organised a retrospective of his work in 1995 and the Ulster Museum held a major exhibition of his work in 2002. The F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio and the Royal Hibernian Academy held exhibitions to mark the artist’s 80th birthday.

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