Barry Flanagan United Kingdom, 1941-2009


Barry Flanagan (b. 1941, Prestatyn, North Wales; d. 2009, Santa Eulalia del Río, Spain) was a contemporary British sculptor known for his playful approach to his practice which blends the everyday and the imaginary. Flanagan pursued studies in architecture at Birmingham College of Art and Crafts before enrolling in a sculpture program at St. Martin’s School of Art, from which he graduated in 1966. That same year, the artist’s first solo exhibition was held at the Rowan Gallery, London. From 1967 to 1971, he taught at his alma mater and at the Central School of Arts and Crafts. In the early 1980s, Flanagan began exhibiting his signature monumental bronze hares, which offer a humorous take on a symbol that historically serves as a surrogate for the human experience. Flanagan’s sculptures have been recognized internationally for their significance in the art historical canon. The artist participated in the 1982 Venice Biennale and earned a major traveling retrospective staged in 1993-94 at the Fundacion ‘La Caixa,’ Madrid, and the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nantes. In 1991, Flanagan became a member of the Royal Academy and received the OBE, a British order of chivalry. His work is held in important institutions around the globe, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and Tate, London.