Irish sculptor John Behan studied at Ealing Art College, London, and the Royal Academy School, Oslo. Behan’s figurative sculptures in bronze, combine ancient culture and mythology with modern technique. John was a night student at the NCAD in Dublin 1956-60.
He was a founder member of the New Artists’ group in 1962, the Project Art Centre in 1967, and the Dublin Foundry in 1970. Behan has exhibited nationally and internationally and completed major public commissions in Mayo, Donegal, Galway, and Dublin. Behan is known for his remarkable and numerous public sculptures, such as the vast ‘National Famine Memorial’ in County Mayo (26 x 20ft) or ‘Arrival’ (21 x 24ft) sited at the United Nations building in New York.
His work is included in many private collections including that of Mary McAleese, Mary Robinson, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and Bill and Hillary Clinton, also Dublin City Gallery, He is an elected member of the RHA and Aosdána.