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John Behan

Born Dublin 1938

1957-60 National College of Art & Design, Dublin
1960-61 Ealing Art College, London
1967 Founder Member of the Project Arts Centre, Dublin
1968 Royal Academy School, Oslo
1970 Co-founded the Dublin Art Foundry
1973 Elected Associate Member, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
1973-78 Appointed Member, Arts Council of Ireland
1978 Elected Member of Aosdána
1989 Elected Full Member, Royal Hibernian Academy
1995 Appointed Member, Cultural Relations Committee, Department of Foreign Affairs, Dublin
2000 Appointed Board Member, Irish Museum of Modern Art
2000 Conferred Doctor of Literature, National University of Ireland, Galway

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
1960 Irish Exhibition of Living Art
1960-date Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
1965 Group ‘65, Rising Ground
1967 Project ’67 (with Charlie Cullen, Michael Kane and John Kelly), Project Arts Centre, Dublin
1988 West of Ireland Artists in Australia, Wagner Gallery, Sydney & Canberra
1988 National Museum, Valetta, Malta
1989, 93 Gordon Gallery, Derry
2005 Sculpture & Gardens, Solomon Gallery, Blackrock, Dublin
2008 The Secret Garden, Solomon Gallery at the Iveagh Gardens, Dublin

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
1967, 69, 67 Project Art Centre, Dublin
1974 Sean Desmond Gallery, New York
1977 Octagon Gallery, Belfast
1980 Bell Gallery, Belfast
1973 to date Kenny Gallery, Galway
1974, 76, 80, 82, 84, 92 Cork Arts Society
1980, 86 Taylor Galleries, Dublin
1983, 85, 87, 89, 91, 94,96, 2010 Gordon Gallery, Derry
1990 Carroll Gallery, Longford
1991 Riverrun Gallery, Dublin
1993, 94, 96, 98 The Irish Club, Eaton Square, London
1994 Major Retrospective Exhibition, Galway Arts Centre
1995 Major Retrospective Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy , Sligo Art Gallery, Sligo
1995, 98, 2000, 02, 04 Hallward Gallery, Dublin
1996 Dolmen Gallery, Limerick
Kilcock Gallery, Co. Kildare
1997 Grant Fine Art, Newcastle, Co. Down
1997, 2001 Lavit Gallery, Cork
1999, 2001 United Arts Club, Dublin
2001 Ashford Gallery, RHA, Dublin
AIB Bank, Park Avenue, New York
Westport Arts Centre, Co Mayo
2001, 04 McGill Summer School, Co. Donegal
2007 Gormley’s Fine Art, Omagh
Mullan Gallery, Belfast
2009 The Silence of History, Hunt Museum, Limerick
2010 Fifty Years A-Making, Solomon Fine Art, Dublin
2011 Mullan gallery, Belfast

AWARDS
1972 Gold Medal, Oireachtas Exhibition
1990 The Ford Spirit of Art Award (in conjunction with the Sunday Independent)
2005 ESB Silver Medal, Royal Hibernian Academy
2006 Jorgensen Fine Art Award, Royal Hibernian Academy
2008 Ireland-US Council’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts




LITERATURE / FILM
1985 Seamus Heaney, ‘From the Republic of Conscience’, illustrated by John Behan, published by Amnesty International, Dublin
1999 ‘Famine Ship’, documentary film directed by David Shaw-Smith, Parzival Productions

PUBLIC COMMISSIONS
1970 Cúchulann Relief Panel, Gresham Hotel, Dublin (now in DIT, Kevin Street)
1972 Wall Panel, IPA, Dublin
1975 Aluminium Abstract, Irish Management Institute, Dublin
1975 The Mariner, North Wall Quay, Dublin
1978 Birds, Irish Life Centre, Dublin
1980 Celtic Realm, Insurance Corporation of Ireland
1982 Megalithic Memories, AIB Bank, Dublin
1983 The Turfcutter, Bord na Mona, Baggot St., Dublin
1984 Swan Fountain, Cork
1987 Flight of Birds, Dr. Tony Ryan, Co. Tipperary
1989 Religious Sculptures, Creeslough, Co. Donegal
Religious Sculptures, St. Bridget’s, Derry
1990 Winged Man, Ennis, Co. Clare
1992 International League for Human Rights (Peace Awards) UNESCO
1997 Famine Ship, National Famine Commemoration Sculpture, Murrisk, Mayo
1998 The Tree of Liberty, 1798 Memorial, Carlow
1999 Twin Spires, National University of Ireland, Galway
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Mothers Awards
2000 Arrival – The New Dawn, United Nations Plaza, New York
2000 Millennium Child, Christchurch Place, Dublin (commissioned by Barnardos)
2001 Equality Emerging, Salmon Weir Bridge, Galway (commissioned by SIPTU)
2001 Tree of Hope, CPI, Sandymount
2003 Golden Birds, Four Seasons Hotel Dublin
2006 Circle of Birds, The Hospice, Harolds Cross, Dublin
2007 Flight of the Earls Monument, Rathmullan, Co. Donegal

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
National Gallery of Ireland
Irish Museum of Modern Art
Dublin City Gallery: The Hugh Lane
Crawford Municipal Gallery of Art, Cork
National Self Portrait Collection of Ireland
United Nations, New York
Shenzen Airport, China
University College, Galway
An Chomhairle Ealaíon / Arts Council of Ireland
Arts Council of Northern Ireland
Galway County Council
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council
The Irish Club, London
AIB Bank
Bank of Ireland
Smurfit Kappa PLC
Four Seasons Hotel, Dublin
The UTV Collection

SELECTED PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
President Mary McAleese & Mr. Martin McAleese
The Former President of Ireland Mary Robinson & Mr. Nicholas Robinson
HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands
President Bill Clinton & Hillary Clinton
Ambassador Jean Kennedy-Smith
Mr. Samuel Beckett
Mr. Charles J. Haughey
Mr. Seamus Heaney
Dr. T. A. Ryan
Ms. Edna O’Brien
Mr. Placido Domingo
Mr. Maurice Foley
Mr. Pierce Brosnan
Mr. Tom Berenger
Mrs. Norma Smurfit




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