JOHN BEHAN RHA: PAST AND PRESENT
Friday 21st October – Saturday 19th November
Solomon Fine Art is delighted to be hosting an exhibition of new work by Ireland’s foremost sculptor in bronze John Behan RHA. The exhibition primarily focuses on the 1916 Easter Rising and will also include his characteristic and well-known pieces surrounding topics of the Famine and the Táin.
Behan’s work is highly expressive; his pieces are marked by an initially perceived roughness that quickly melts into a surprising delicacy of form. Crafted in a white or brown patina or with a polished bronze surface, each piece is as individual and captivating as the next, reflecting the often-difficult themes of Irish history and identity in a remarkably subtle way.
John Behan RHA is firmly established as a sculptor of international stature and can be credited with playing a major part in the development of sculpture in Ireland over the last fifty years. Born in Dublin in 1938, he began an apprenticeship in metalwork and welding before moving on to formal training at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ealing Art College in London and the Royal Academy School in Oslo. He has been awarded many honours over the years and became a member of the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1990, having been an Associate of the Academy since 1973. He is also a member of Aosdána and was conferred an honorary Doctor of Literature by NUI Galway in 2000.
As well as his remarkable and numerous public sculptures, such as the huge ‘National Famine Memorial’ in County Mayo (26 x 20ft) or ‘Arrival’ (21 x 24ft) sited at the United Nations building in New York, his work is included in the private collections of Mary McAleese, Mary Robinson, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and Bill and Hillary Clinton, also Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane, the Crawford Municipal Gallery and the National Gallery of Ireland.
For further information or high res images, please contact Tara Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org/ +353 (0) 86 8142380
Gallery opening hours: Tuesday – Friday 10am – 5 30pm / Saturday 11am – 4pm