The Flight of the Earls was something we all learned about in history during our school days. Today we see it depicted in Art
Flight of the Earls ~Bronze
John Behan was born in Dublin in 1938. He studied at the N.C.A.D. Dublin, Ealing Art College, London and The Royal Academy School in Oslo, Norway. He now living and working near Galway city where he continues to vary his style of expression, John Behan is firmly established as a sculptor of international stature. His major public commissions include Flight of Birds, Famine Ship, Tree of Liberty, Daedalus, Millennium Child, Arrival and Equality Emerging, unveiled in Galway city in November 2001.
In June 2000 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the National University of Ireland, Galway on the same day his large commissioned sculpture, Twin Spires, was unveiled at the college.
John is a current member of Aosdána, established by The Arts Council in 1981, to honour those artists whose work has made an outstanding contribution to the arts in Ireland
A film documentary of John Behan’s work entitled ‘Famine Ship’ was broadcast in Ireland and the U.K. in 1999 and is distributed in North America by The Cinema Guild Inc. and the rest of the world by Network Television.
The poet and Nobel Laureate, Seamus Heaney has said of the artist:
“There is something psychologically salubrious about John Behan. It is as if you are encountering what the Upanishads call the ancient self, something previous to an underlying individual character, some kind of psychic bedrock.”