Brian Valleley is an Irish painter and musician born in Co. Armagh in 1941. He sold his first painting in 1958 at just 17 and went on to study at the Belfast College of Art from 1959 where he was taught by Tom Carr and later at the Edinburgh Art College. In 2000 a large retrospective of J.B. Vallely paintings was held in Armagh. The show was comprised of almost two hundred paintings from different stages of his forty year career as a painter. Vallely’s subject matter has remained linked to the past but his feeling for paint is vigorously contemporary. Rural Ireland, its traditions, music, sports and mythology create strong themes within his work and his interest in traditional culture is almost vocational. He is a most sought after Artist on the Irish Art Market. His stunning use of colour and dramatic brushstrokes bring life and energy to his work which is perfect for his favoured subject matters, Traditional Irish Music and sport.