The honesty of Basil's work reflected late artist to a tee
Basil Blackshaw, who was buried yesterday, was a consummate artist whose work was greatly sought after. He was most comfortable in his rural surroundings, and much of his work featured dogs, horses and landscapes, but he was also gifted in the realm of portraiture.
Unlike so many self-publicists in the artistic world, he shunned the limelight and seemed genuinely puzzled by the modern obsession with materialism and the need for constant change. He preferred the simple pace of rural life, rooted in something far more fundamental than living on a whim. The honesty of expression in his work reflected the man himself.