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Barry Flanagan, 1941–2009

The Drummer1996

While Barry Flanagan has also made sculptures of other animals, such as elephants and horses, he is best known for his triumphant leaping and dancing hares. Flanagan’s sculptures are by no means restricted by the use of this repeated motif; each hare being unique with its own dynamic gesture. Always celebratory and life-affirming, they dance, use technical equipment, engage in sports and, as we see here, play musical instruments.

The hands-on process of modelling in clay allows the artist to invest the work with a dynamic sense of movement. The piece is cast in bronze, but the marks made by the artist’s hand are evident and as a result, the surface has a tactile quality. The work has a spontaneous feel, echoing the speed of drawing, the freedom of modelling in clay, and the curiosity and playfulness of the hare itself.

Dimensions Unframed, 483 x 185 x 316 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Donated by the artist, 2001
EditionEdition 1/5
Item NumberIMMA.1346
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Barry Flanagan, The Drummer, 1996, Bronze, Unframed, 483 x 185 x 316 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Donated by the artist, 2001

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Barry Flanagan 1941–2009

Born in Wales, sculptor Barry Flanagan studied at Birmingham College of Art and Crafts and St Martin's School of Art, London. Best known for his leaping and dancing bronze hares which were displayed worldwide, Flanagan represented Britain at the 1982 Venice Biennale. He was elected to the Royal Academy and received an OBE in 1991. A major retrospective of Flannagan’s work was held at IMMA, in association with Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, in 2006.  

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