The Patient's Flower

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Blackshaw was born in Glengormley, attended Methodist College Belfast and went on to study at Belfast College of Art. He is highly regarded for his very loose, gestural application of paint and a distinctive and subtle use of colour. His paintings of such sports as horse racing and boxing have made him particularly popular. He is also a talented portrait painter and two of his paintings of distinguished academics hang in the Great Hall at Queen's. He has exhibited extensively and a major exhibition of his work was held at the Ulster Museum in 2002.

'A Patient's Flower' was painted after the artist had visited Muckamore Abbey near Antrim, a hospital for patients with learning disabilities.

Queen's University Belfast



The Patient's Flower


oil on canvas


H 161 x W 141 cm

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QUB 1.1

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