JOHN BEHAN RHA: FAMINE
Friday 7th November – Saturday 29th November
From 7 - 29 November Solomon Fine Art is delighted to present an exhibition of work by Ireland’s foremost sculptor in bronze John Behan RHA. Behan’s latest works focus on one of his most enduring themes, Famine Ships and works relating to the Great Famine.
This latest body of work is what the artist calls, ‘a review of where I stand’ – a kind of summation of attitude and experience. With his long running series of Famine Ships, from 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, to the smaller ‘table’ sculptures, Behan has consistently explored the relationship between our famine history and our present selves.
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. Behan is a member of both Aosdana and the Royal Hibernian Academy and has received numerous accolades and awards throughout his long career, including an honorary Doctor of Literature from NUI Galway. His work has been acquired by Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane, the Crawford Municipal Gallery, the National Gallery of Ireland, and is in the private collections of Former Presidents Mary McAleese and Mary Robinson, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and Bill and Hillary Clinton.
For further information please contact Tara Murphy on (0)86 8142380