FORA.tv Speaker - Robert Ballagh
Robert Ballagh is an Irish artist. He was born in Dublin and graduated from the Dublin Institute of Technology. He is both a painter and designer. His painting style was strongly influenced by pop art and his paintings are often playful and didactic.
Among the theatre sets he has designed are sets for Riverdance, Samuel Beckett's Endgame (1991) and Oscar Wilde's Salom (1998). He has also designed over 70 Irish postage stamps and the last series of Irish banknotes, "Series C", before the introduction of the euro. He has also painted polemical murals in west Belfast.
In 1991, he co-ordinated the 75th anniversary commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising. Interviewed for a special feature that was published in The Irish Times on the 90th anniversary, he related that this had caused him to be harassed by the Special Branch of the Garda Siochana. He is the President of the Irish Institute, which promotes international republicanism.
06.27.09 | 01:11:24 min
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