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  • DEATH OF BASIL BLACKSHAW

    Basil Blackshaw – Six Miles Valley  sold for 13,000 at Whyte's in Dublin last November.

    Basil Blackshaw – Six Miles Valley sold for 13,000 at Whyte’s in Dublin last November.

    The artist Basil Blackshaw who has died aged 83, was a leading Northern Ireland artist and regarded as one of the most talented Irish artists of his generation.  He painted rural scenes, in particular horses, and his portrait subjects included Brian Friel, Seamus Heaney and Clint Eastwood.  He was a member of the Royal Ulster Academy and designed posters for the Field Day theatre company in Derry.

    Many tributes have been paid to the artist.  Dublin’s Royal Hibernian Academy has described him as “one of Ireland’s greatest artists” who was “lauded by the art world and his fellow painters”.

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