ABOUT THE BALLA BÁN GALLERY
“The Smallest Gallery in Ireland..but the biggest welcome!”
Balla Bán (which is the Irish for ‘white wall’) is a boutique Art Gallery situated in a lucrative area of Westbury Hotel in the Westbury Shopping Centre, just off Grafton street and around the corner of Bewley’s Café. For its great location, in the very heart of Dublin, the gallery is getting more and more recognition in the Dublin art world.
The Gallery has been set up by Irish artist, Frank O’Dea, in 2009 to provide quality, diverse and affordable works of art from both emerging and established contemporary Irish and European artists.
The Gallery features a wide range of art to suit every taste and pocket and artist on display include Graham Knuttel, Markey Robinson, Frank O’Dea, John Skelton, Norman Teeling, Pervaneh Matthews, Roy Wallace, Niall O’Loughlin, Solus, Annie Robinson, Peter Dee, William Mulhall, Tom Byrne, Dave Gleeson, Brian McCarthy , Piet Sluis, John Morris, Jonathan Knuttel, Mark Baker, FINK, Jonathan Barry, Rittiner & Gomez, J P Rooney, and many others.
The gallery is open from Tuesday to Saturday 11am – 5:30pm.
Irish artist, Frank O’Dea, is achieving a growing recognition from art buyers in Ireland and internationally with his works in private and public collections in the UK, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, USA and Australia. Frank works from his studio based in Clontarf and at his art gallery – Balla Bán Art Gallery, located in Dublin’s Westbury Mall (off Grafton Street) . Working with oils he has developed his own unique style where bright colours and simplicity are featured in his paintings. Regular themes include musicians, fashion models, lovers, and cafe/bar scenes and some quirky subject matters of everyday life as well as abstract works.
“My painting subject matter is based on my interest with music/musicians and social interactions. Regular themes include musicians, café/bar scenes, fashion models and lovers – all of which I got to observe in abundance when I used to play piano bars and restaurants in Dublin. I also have the travel bug and love observing every day life in foreign cultures – in particular South America and continental European cities.”
“I use vibrant colours in my work to depict the modern world and have always been fascinated by human predicaments and enjoy adding a quirky choice of themes and subjects. Extremely intense bright oranges draw the viewer towards the work and instantly remind one of summer and a warmth by radiating a joyful glow.”