Barry Flanagan

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Barry Flanagan
Born11 January 1941
Prestatyn, Wales
Died31 August 2009 (aged 68)
EducationBirmingham College of Art and Crafts, 1957-1958 Saint Martin's School of Art, 1964-1966
Known forSculpture
AwardsRoyal Academician, 1991
Commander of the Order of the British Empire, 1996

Barry Flanagan OBE RA (11 January 1941 – 31 August 2009) was an Irish-Welsh sculptor. He is best known for his bronze statues of hares and other animals.


Barry Flanagan was born on 11 January 1941 in Prestatyn, in North Wales. From 1957 to 1958 he studied architecture at Birmingham College of Art and Crafts. He studied sculpture at Saint Martin's School of Art in London from 1964 to 1966, and from 1967 to 1971 taught both at Saint Martin's and at the Central School of Art and Design.[2]

He became an Irish Citizen and lived in Dublin since 2000.[3] Flanagan died on 31 August 2009 of motor neurone disease.[4]

He was the subject of a biographical film by Peter Bach, The Man Who Sculpted Hares: Barry Flanagan, A Life.[5]

'Poet of the Building Site' by Robin Marchesi. A book on his life with Barry Flanagan was published by The Irish Museum of Modern Art 2011.[6]


Leaping Hare on Crescent and Bell, London (1988)
Untitled sculpture (Grimbergen)

Castings of Flanagan's Thinker on a Rock are installed at Washington University in St. Louis,[7] the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park in Des Moines, Iowa,[8] Utrecht,[9] O’Connell Street in Dublin,[3] the Philbrook Museum of Art, in Tulsa, OK,[10] and the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, in Washington, D.C.[11][12][13]

Flanagan's hare statue Large Left-Handed Drummer was on display in Union Square (New York City) park from 18 February to 24 June 2007.[14]

Flanagan's 1993 Large Mirror Nijinski, again with two hares, is displayed at the Skulpturen Park Köln, in Cologne.[15]

Tate Britain held a retrospective show Early Works 1965–1982 from September 2011 to January 2012. This exhibition contained many examples of his less well known pieces using materials such as cloth and rope, as well as some of the early bronze hare sculptures for which he became famous.[citation needed]

At an exhibition held by Sotheby's at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, in September–October 2012, fifteen of Flanagan's works were shown in a parkland setting. They included Large Nijinski on Anvil Point and Nijinski Hare, placed at opposite ends of the Canal Pond.[citation needed]

Selected solo exhibitions[edit]


Barry Flanagan: Sculpture, Venice Biennale, British Council, 1982

Barry Flanagan: Sculpture, 1965-2005, Enrique Juncosa, Mel Gooding and Bruce Arnold, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, 2006

With Barry Flanagan, Travels through Time and Spain, Richard McNeff, The Lilliput Press, 2012

Barry Flanagan, Jo Melvin, Teresa Gleadowe, Mel Gooding, Bruce McLean, Waddington Custot, 2017[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lampert, Catherine (1 September 2009). "Barry Flanagan". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  2. ^ Barry Flanagan. Waddington Custot Galleries. Accessed October 2013.
  3. ^ a b "DITD012 Thinker on Rock | Dublin City Council". Archived from the original on 19 June 2020. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Barry Flanagan: Sculptor known for his distinctive giant bronzes". The Independent. 4 September 2009.
  5. ^ "The Man Who Sculpted Hares: Barry Flanagan, A Life". BBC. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
  6. ^ Marchesi, Robin (1 September 2011). Barry Flanagan: Poet of the Building Site. Edizioni Charta Srl. ASIN 8881588242.
  7. ^ "Thinker On Rock - Washington University - St. Louis - Figurative Public Sculpture on".
  8. ^ "Thinker on the Rock - Des Moines, IA - Figurative Public Sculpture on".
  9. ^ "Thinker on Rock - Utrecht".
  10. ^ Watts Jr., James D. (19 July 2006). "Hop to it". Tulsa World. Archived from the original on 19 June 2020. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 May 2010. Retrieved 17 February 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ [1][dead link]
  13. ^ "Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden: Thinker on a Rock".
  14. ^ "The Daily Plant : NYC Parks". Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  15. ^ "KölnSkulptur 1 - Barry Flanagan". Archived from the original on 19 June 2020. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  16. ^ "Barry Flanagan". Ikon Gallery. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  17. ^ "BARRY FLANAGAN MONOGRAPH - The Estate of Barry Flanagan". Retrieved 17 July 2021.

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