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Artist's 50-year career honoured

In pictures: Vallely's art
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The work of one of Ireland's most productive painters is to be marked with a three-month exhibition.

Armagh artist JB Vallely sold his first painting 50 years ago at the age of 17 and went on to sell eight of his works for the Irish display at the 1963 World Fair in New York.

During his career he has produced more than 4,000 pieces, at least 200 of which were commissioned.

The retrospective exhibition, which includes many previously unseen works, takes place at the former Northern Bank Building in Waring Street, Belfast.

It opens to the public on Wednesday 19 November and runs until Saturday 31 January 2009.

JB Vallely has had more than 40 one-man exhibitions and contributed to 25 major art collections.

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