JOHN BEHAN

October 7th - 28th

The Lavit Gallery are delighted to announce that a solo exhibition by one of Ireland's most esteemed sculptors John Behan will open at the gallery on Tuesday October 7th.

Behan has been "a frequent and faithful" exhibitor with the Lavit Gallery having had numerous solo exhibitions at the gallery since as far back as 1974. The Lavit are delighted to continue on this relationship and are very excited to be hosting this exhibition of new bronzes and monoprints. Behan is interested in ancient culture - both his own and those of other cultures. In this exhibition, Behan returns to common themes in his bronze sculptures such as the Bull - exploring the physicality and character of the animal,Famine Ships which Dr. Dermot Keogh states are " much more powerful than the pen of the historian in capturing the human disaster that is Famine" and the Jewish subject which Behan has been interested in since the 60's and which Gerald Goldberg* concentrated his mind on even more when he commissioned a Menorah and some other pieces from Behan in the 70's.Behan also takes a playful look at our more recent culture, with one of the major pieces in this exhibition titled Man with Fish (Me and the Mudder-in-Law), a depiction of Pat O' Connell and the events surrounding his meeting of the Queen, in the English Market, Cork.

Born in 1938, John Behan RHA lives and works in Galway city. He is firmly established as a sculptor of international stature. Following a seven-year apprenticeship in the architectural metalwork trade, Behan studied art in Dublin, London and Oslo. Having first exhibited his work in 1960, he has exhibited extensively since, both in Ireland and Internationally. A member of Aosdana and the RHA, Behan's work is represented in among others the National Gallery of Ireland, IMMA, The Hugh Lane Gallery, The Crawford Municipal Gallery, the United Nations, New York and Shenzen Airport China.

*The exhibition will be dedicated to Gerald and Sheila Goldberg, great patrons of the arts in Cork and the first Jewish Lord Mayor of the City. Mr Goldberg's name is also included in the very first list of patrons of the Lavit Gallery/ Cork Arts Society.

Please click here for a link to the catalogue with a selection of sculptures
or
Please click here for a link to the catalogue of unframed drawings