Blackshaw is regarded as one of Ireland’s finest contemporary artists
Basil Blackshaw was born in 1932 in Glengormley, Co Antrim. He was brought up in Boardmills, Co Down, and attended Methodist College and Belfast College of Art until 1951. He is regarded as one of Ireland's finest contemporary artists.
Blackshaw's rural upbringing no doubt contributed to his interests in horse-racing and dog-breeding which are featured strongly in his paintings. He is also well known for his portraits and nude studies. He has exhibited extensively over the years, both locally and internationally. In 1995, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland organised a major retrospective of his work, which was exhibited in Belfast, Dublin, Cork, and many galleries in the US.