Robert Ballagh Biography and Works - Ross's Auctioneers & Valuers
Robert Ballagh

Robert Ballagh is an accomplished artist, responsible for the design of numerous theatre sets including I’ll Go On, Gate Theatre (1985), Samuel Beckett’s Endgame (1991) and Oscar Wilde’s Salomé (1998). He also designed over 70 postage stamps and the Irish bank note before Ireland changed over to the euro. His work is heavily influenced by pop art and his style often incorporates hyperrealism.
Born in Dublin 1943, he took up numerous endeavours before deciding to pursue art as an occupation including, studying architecture at Bolton Street College of Technology, practicing as a musician, an engineer and a postman. After being introduced to and subsequently working alongside artist Michael Farrell, his career in art began.
He is well known for his renditions of Irish literary, historical and establishment figures, and his political affiliations which can often influence his work. He is the president of the Ireland Institute for Historical and Cultural Studies and a member of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, describing himself as an activist.

He has had major exhibitions in numerous European galleries such as Lund, Warsaw, Sofia and Dublin, and was featured at the RHA Gallagher Gallery. Other notable achievements include Ballagh’s work in helping to create the opening ceremonies for the Special Olympics and the Ryder cup when held in Ireland. 

Robert Ballagh - Auction results

There have been 28 artwork(s) sold in previous auctions
  • LOUIS LE BROCQUY IN HIS STUDIO by Robert Ballagh at Ross's Auctions
    LOUIS LE BROCQUY IN HIS STUDIO Sale Date: 04 November 2015 Medium: Mixed Media Size: H 18" x W 13"
    Result: £3,250
  • Lot 122 by Robert Ballagh at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 122 Sale Date: 05 March 2008
    Result: £1,700
  • Lot 344 by Robert Ballagh at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 344 Sale Date: 01 December 2010
    Result: £1,500
  • Lot 361 by Robert Ballagh at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 361 Sale Date: 05 March 2008
    Result: £1,400
  • Lot 376 by Robert Ballagh at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 376 Sale Date: 08 October 2008
    Result: £1,200
  • Lot 123 by Robert Ballagh at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 123 Sale Date: 09 December 2009
    Result: £1,000
  • Lot 360 by Robert Ballagh at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 360 Sale Date: 09 December 2009
    Result: £1,000
  • Lot 288 by Robert Ballagh at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 288 Sale Date: 01 December 2010
    Result: £800
  • MY STUDIO, 1969 by Robert Ballagh at Ross's Auctions
    MY STUDIO, 1969 Sale Date: 05 June 2014 Medium: Limited Edition Print (8/75) Size: H 43" x W 52"
    Result: £500
  • MY STUDIO, 1969 by Robert Ballagh at Ross's Auctions
    MY STUDIO, 1969 Sale Date: 05 June 2014 Medium: Limited Edition Proof Print Size: H 43" x W 52"
    Result: £500
  • Lot 204 by Robert Ballagh at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 204 Sale Date: 09 December 2009
    Result: £500