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Skilful colourist and a touch of the avant-garde

Brian Ballard Eastside Gallery, Belfast Until September 16

The Eastside Visitors’ Centre has just opened a new Belfast gallery — Eastside Gallery, at 402 Newtownards Road — which opens with a Brian Ballard exhibition. The artist, born in the city, seldom disappoints.

While still living in Belfast, he also spends long periods of time living and working in his house on Inishfree, off the coast of Donegal.

He is well known for his flowers and simple still life images, executed with great confidence and the skill of a great colourist.

The images can be deceivingly simple at first glance but slowly reveal their complexities with time.

Expect a selection of paintings and drawings as well as portraits of locals who are part of the East Belfast Men’s Shed group.

There’s this thing, this feeling: Adham Faramawy

The Naughton Gallery, Queen’s

Lanyon Building, Belfast

Until October 1, 11am-4pm

Time-based imaging/video/film is something we see every day, but we tend not to accept as fine art.

Image makers within this genre are less well known than their more traditional fine art colleagues and tend to have fewer exhibitions within the more traditional galleries.

So its good to see The Naughton, a home of the more avant-garde artists, showing the work of Adham Faramawy.

Faramawy is an artist with many creative talents.

He says of the show: “There’s this thing, this feeling... almost a sensation.

“It’s there when you find a new wrinkle in the mirror or a blemish, a spot, a rash — your body reorganising and developing in unexpected ways. Does my body end at its skin or can it encompass the things it touches?”

Elizabeth Baird

Belfast Telegraph

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