*Basil Blackshaw HRHA (1932-2016)
A SHOW JUMPER, THOUGHT TO BE THE DISTINGUISHED IRISH SHOW JUMPER, PAUL DARRAGH (1953-2005), c.1970s
Signed in pencil l.r., oil on board
50 x 60cm
Our thanks to Eamonn Mallie, Basil Blackshaw's biographer, for his assistance in the cataloguing of this lot.
Basil Blacksaw, the acclaimed Northern Irish artist had a passion for horses, his father was a trainer and he grew up around them, riding from an early age. They were a subject that he returned to time and again throughout his career, inspiring some of his finest works. He painted them with an understanding and spontaneity only achievable by someone with an intimate knowledge of the subject, managing to capture the drama of a race or, in this case, the moment of clearing a fence, the horse flying through the air, rider braced forward over its neck. The present work dates from the 1970s and it is likely that this was a commission. The paint is thinly and deftly applied, in places the raw board showing through to the viewer, a characteristic of his work.
The popularity of Blackshaw’s work at auction has increased in recent years making him rightly among Ireland’s most celebrated artists of the last century.
*Artist's Resale Right may apply to this lot.
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Auction: Sporting Art, Wildlife and Dogs, Tue, 30th Apr 2019
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