Alone he stands: Robert Ballagh on life and art

At 73, Robert Ballagh still stands apart from the crowd in the Irish art world, retaining the maverick streak that has served him well down the years, writes Nadine O’Regan

24th September, 2017
Robert Ballagh: ‘I’ve no objections to controversies, but why are they always about trivial matters?’ Pic: Fergal Phillips

‘Do I piss people off? Oh yeah, I think so. There are no contrarians in the media any more. You don’t see alternative views.”

On a low wooden stool in his cluttered workspace in north Dublin, Robert Ballagh, one of the best-known Irish artists of his generation, is giving this reporter an honest answer to an honest question.

Artist, activist and social commentator, Ballagh is not just a contrarian presence, he’s...

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