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Robert Ballagh, b.1943

Man with a Frank Stella1974

In 1972 Ballagh began his ‘People at an Exhibition’ series, an extensive body of paintings of people looking at paintings by international artists such as Mondrian, Warhol, Jasper Johns and many others, as well as Irish artists such as Michael Farrell, Patrick Scott and Cecil King. The collector Gordon Lambert appears in this work, whose garish colour juxtapositions suggest one of Stella’s ‘Irregular Polygon’ series (1965-66).

MediumAcrylic on 16 canvases
Dimensions244 x 234 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Heritage Gift by Bank of Ireland, 1999
Item NumberIMMA.1261
Image Caption
Robert Ballagh, Man with a Frank Stella, 1974, Acrylic on 16 canvases, 244 x 234 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Heritage Gift by Bank of Ireland, 1999

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About the Artist

Robert Ballagh b.1943

Robert Ballagh is an Irish painter and designer credited with the introduction of Pop Art to Ireland. His milieu encompasses set design, the final series of Irish Punt banknotes, commemorative stamps and portraits of Irish literary, historical and establishment figures. He represented Ireland at the 1969 Paris Biennale and his paintings are held in several public collections. Ballagh is a member of Aosdána and the president of the Ireland Institute for Historical and Cultural Studies.
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