Barry Flanagan + Seamus Heaney

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British sculptor Barry Flanagan in collaboration with acclaimed Irish Poet and Nobel Laureate, Seamus Heaney created this print, on the occasion of Flanagan's exhibition at IMMA in 2006. Flanagan was best known for the dynamic, often monumental bronze hares he began casting in 1979. Often given anthropomorphic qualities, Flanagan's hares suggest a sense of spontaneity, and mimic the curiosity and playfulness of the animal. Heaney's translation of the poem also conveys the elusive and playful nature of the hare


Barry Flanagan was born in Prestatyn, North Wales in 1941. He studied at Birmingham College of Art and Crafts before going on to St. Martin’s School of Art in London in 1964, where he later got a position on the teaching staff. A major retrospective of his work was held at the Fundación ‘La Caixa’ Madrid in 1993; Galerie Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, 1999 and Tate Gallery, Liverpool, 2000. Other solo exhibitions include Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Germany, 2002; Musee d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Nice, 2002. Flanagan's 2006 exhibition at IMMA coincided with the display of 10 large bronze sculptures on O'Connell Street, Dublin

Seamus Heaney was born in 1939 near Castledawson, Co. Derry. He won a scholarship to St. Columb's College in Derry and later attended Queen's University, Belfast where his first books of poems were written. He was a teacher in Belfast from the 1960s and has since held many positions including Professor of Poetry at Oxford and Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard University. A Saoi of Aosdána, he is one of the most admired and popular writers of our time. Best known for his poetry, his works also include plays, translations and essays. Among his many achievements is the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995.

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The Names of the Hare, 1982

  • 5-colour offset litho prints
  • Image Size: 55.9 x 43.2cm
  • Signed and numbered by artist
  • Edition of 250

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