Michael Quane RHA
June 14– July 6, 2019
From Friday 14thJune to Saturday 6th July Solomon Fine Art is delighted to host the inaugural solo exhibition of sculptorMichael Quane RHA. This is Quane’s first and much anticipated one-man show with Solomon and will include new carved, figurative and animal sculptures in Elm, Limestone and Marble.
One of Ireland’s most highly regarded contemporary sculptors Quane is best known for his works in polished marble and Kilkenny limestone, which he textures with a claw chisel. His traditional stone- carving skills are used to produce figures, both real and imaginary, which combine strength and grace with a touch of quirky humour. Quane’s method of tooling the surface of the stone creates a distinctive texture similar to cross-hatched pencil marks and is an indication of how his work evolves from the initial ‘drawing’ through to sculpture in the round.
Recent works have included some fine examples of the heroic horses and riders for which Quane has become so well known, and a new series of swimmers, divers and large, duck-like figures with buoyancy aids. In these Quane continues the exploration of gravity which underlies all his work. The dialectic between the heaviness of his medium and the lightness and poise of the figure is a source of tremendous pleasure.
Michael Quane graduated from the Crawford School of Art and Design in Cork in 1987. He was elected a member of Aosdána in 1998 and a full member of the Royal Hibernian Academy in 2004. His many public works include Horses and Riders on the Mallow motorway roundabout; The Predator on the canal walk Kilkenny and Figure Talking to a Quadruped in University College Cork. He has exhibited throughout Ireland, UK, Western Europe, and the US and his work is present in private and public collections throughout.