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Lisa Ballard

Lisa Ballard uses landscape to explore her obsession with colour and light, in particular, the juxtaposition of colours and how they affect each other. She is drawn to the temporal in the landscape, leaning towards abstraction, but holding on to the figurative elements, she tries to capture in her paintings how it is to be in that moment and place. Focusing on the creative artistic process, Ballard uses painterly brush marks that encourage an organic response to every colour and layer she applies. She also incorporates washes, flat spray paint and scratches to allow the painting to evolve.

Bio

Lisa Ballard lives and works as an artist in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Since graduating in 2003 from the Belfast School of Art, Ulster University, Belfast, Ballard has exhibited extensively in Ireland and further afield. She has received several awards and her work is held in numerous private and public collections.

EDUCATION

2003 BA degree in Fine Art, University of Ulster, Belfast

AWARDS

  • 2003 President’s Prize, Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition, Belfast
  • 2007 Killarney Art Gallery Prize for young artist under 35, Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition, Belfast
  • 2006 Original Vision (sponsored by Robinson & McIlwaine), Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition, Belfast

COLLECTIONS

  • Queen’s University, Belfast (public)
  • Arts Council of Northern Ireland (public)
  • Civil Service of Northern Ireland (public)
  • Office of Public Works / Ireland’s State Collection (public)
  •  Private collections

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • 2018 ‘Aura’, ArtisAnn Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 2017 ‘Desert Vibes’, Framewerk, Belfast, N. Ireland
  • 2015 Gormleys Fine Art Gallery, Belfast, N. Ireland
  • 2012 Mullan Gallery, Belfast, N. Ireland
  • 2010 Mullan Gallery, Belfast, N. Ireland Greenacres Gallery Wexford, Ireland
  • 2008 Mullan Gallery, Belfast, N. Ireland
  • 2006 Mullan Gallery, Belfast, N. Ireland 
  • 2004 Stables Gallery, Ballymoney, N. Ireland
  • 2003 Mullan Gallery, Belfast, N. Ireland
  • 2000 Stables Gallery, Ballymoney, N. Ireland

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • 2021 'Gallery 545 Group Exhibition', Gallery 545 at the Island Arts Centre Virtual Gallery, N. Ireland
  • 2020 'Gallery 545 Group Exhibition', Gallery 545 Online and at Blick Studios, Belfast, N. Ireland
  • 2020 'Gallery 545: Contemporary Art of Northern Ireland #2', Gallery 545 Online, N. Ireland
  • 2019 'Artists in Focus', Gallery 545 at the Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, N. Ireland
  • 2019 'Gallery 545 Pop-up: Contemporary Art of Northern Ireland', Sea Holly Gallery, Belfast, N. Ireland
  • 2018 ‘Luminance’ Hamilton Gallery, Sligo, Ireland (2-person show)
  • 2018 ‘Tropical Ravine Exhibition’, Ulster Museum, Belfast, N. Ireland
  • 2018 ‘Paintings’, Ards Arts Centre, Newtownards, N. Ireland (2-person show)
  • 2017 ‘Chroma’ Gallery 1608, Bushmills, N. Ireland (2-person show)
  • 2017 ‘Inside Out’, Cathedral Quarter, Belfast, N. Ireland
  • 2016 ‘A Painting Show’, QSS Gallery, Belfast, N. Ireland
  • 2016 Barbara Stanley Gallery, London, England (2-person show)
  • 2014 Oriel Gallery, Antrim, N. Ireland (2-person show)
  • 2014 ‘Hue, 3 Approaches to Colour', The Engine Room Gallery, Belfast, N. Ireland
  • 2011 Peppercanister, Dublin, Ireland (2-person show)   

Selected Recognitions

  • Associate Member of the Royal Ulster Academy
  • Award winning artist (Awarded at the RUA annual exhibitions)
  • Works in public collections (including the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Ireland's State Collection)
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