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Oliver Balf

The late Oliver Balf, a founding faculty member of the Montserrat College of Art, began visiting and painting Cape Ann as a college student. Mr Balf lived and worked as an artist in Rockport, Massachusetts for more than 60 years.  He was a teacher, a father, a husband and a painter. He created an eclectic mix of work in his lifetime with much of his art inspired by the landscape of Cape Ann. Reproductions of Oliver Balf's work are offered with the permission of the estate of Oliver Balf. Please visit to view original works for sale.

Member of Founding Faculty Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA; Professor Emeritus, Doctorate of Fine Arts (hon.); Consulting Designer for Parker Brothers; Designer/Illustrator for book publishers include EPS.

Began exhibiting in 1946 in Philadelphia. Represented by Judi Rotenberg Gallery, Newbury Street, Boston, 1991-1998; Mercury Gallery.

The Mercury Gallery, Rockport; The River Gallery, Ipswich MA 2003; Cape Ann Historical Association, Gloucester, MA 2000; Acacia Gallery, Gloucester - 1998,1999; Judi Rotenberg, Boston - 1991,1995,1996; Pingree School, Hamilton, MA 1990; Orphanos Gallery, Boston 1987. Earlier shows at School Street Gallery, Phoenix Gallery, Gallery Seven, Boston.

Rockport Art Association (Young Artist Prize) 1961; Carl Butman Prize (Best Watercolor) 1963; Ann Fisk (Most Innovative Watercolor) 1995; Rotenberg Prize 2001, 2002; North Shore Art Association 2006, Gloucster, MA; Commision for mural at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Hematology-Pediatric Wing, 2005; Edith Ghen Award for Best Watercolor 2008.

Tyler School for Fine Arts (Temple University) BFA; Art Students League, Hans Hofmann New York City; New School, New York City.

The Canton Art Institute; North Shore Art Association, Gloucester, MA; ARA Gallery Hamilton, MA; Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA; Rockport Art Association, Doll & Richards Gallery, Boston; Jordan Marsh Annual Shows; AFI Gallery, New York City; Temple University; Met Center, Philadelphia; Gallery Seven, Magnolia, MA; Wenninger Gallery, Boston, MA; Wenham Museum, Wenham, MA; The Mercury Gallery, Boston and Rockport, MA; Art in the Barn, Essex, MA; Crane Estate, Ipswich, MA; Marblehead Art Association.


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