Basil Blackshaw RUA (1932 – 2016)

May 03, 2016

The Royal Ulster Academy has lost one of its most celebrated and cherished Academicians in the death of Basil Blackshaw.

The Academy’s sympathy goes to Helen Falloon, an Honorary Member of the RUA, who gave so much of her time to the Academy, to art in Northern Ireland and to Basil; to Anya Waterman, Basil’s daughter, who is also an accomplished painter; to Sarah Falloon, who has been such a support to her mother, Helen and to Basil, throughout the last number of years.

The Academy has not only lost a great painter but a close friend and supporter and I join with all our members in extending our deepest sympathy to his family and friends. His work will remain as testament to his long life as a practicing artist. The Royal Ulster Academy wishes to acknowledge the exhibition of his work in the Annual Exhibition which, in 2015, was the only sculpture ‘Horse’ he ever made and for which he was awarded the Mullan Gallery Prize. His like will never be seen again.

Denise Ferran

President, Royal Ulster Academy

 

Basil Blackshaw

Colin Davidson

Colin Davidson is a contemporary artist, living and working near Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Since graduating with a first class honours degree from the Art and Design Faculty at the University of Ulster in 1991, Colin Davidson has exhibited extensively in London, New York, Milan and across Ireland. He has been shown regularly at the Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition, where he has twice won awards, and has been an Academician of the Royal Ulster Academy since 2006, having won the R.U.A. Gold Medal three times and the Silver Medal twice.

Colin Davidson’s work is in public and corporate collections across Ireland, including the Arts Council for Northern Ireland, the BBC, the National Self-Portrait Collection of Ireland, Limerick, the Office of Public Works Collection, Ireland, the Law Society of Ireland and Queen’s University, Belfast. A selection of portraits of writers and actors from Colin’s latest body of work is presently on display in the newly-reopened Lyric Theatre, Belfast.

Artist Works

Sir Kenneth Branagh

Graphite, crayon and pastel on paper

122 x 112

Sir Kenneth Branagh

Graphite, crayon and pastel on paper

122 x 112