Today I feature the talent of John Coll who had three very different pieces on display. Alas, I have photos of only one of them to share with you and thankfully it was one of my favourites from the day.
Swimming Wheel- Cast Bronze and Stainless steel
John Coll worked for years as a marine biologist before turning to his passion for making sculpture 21 years ago. Since then he has become one of the best known figurative sculptors with many public works such as the monument to Patrick Kavanagh on the Grand Canal at Baggot Street, Dublin and his celebration in bronze of Brendan Behan on the Royal Canal in Drumcrondra, Dublin.
Detail of the wheel
He has exhibited nationally at the RHA and Oireachtas exhibitions and also in New York and Amsterdam.
Among the large scale works are a life-size portrait of the racehorse “Bobbyjo” and a 4 meter monument to Countess Markievicz at Rathcormac, Co Sligo. His most recent commission is a 4.5 meter sculpture of the Galway footballer legend Enda Colleran for his hometown of Moylough, Co Galway.