Monday, June 4, 2012

Belfast - Sheep On The Road By Deborah Brown

This life size bronze sculpture was inspired by the artist's love of nature and her observations of people and animals within the landscape around Cushendun, County Antrim where she spent time as a child.

Originally commissioned by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for their sculpture park at Riddell Hall, Stranmillis, Belfast, the work was purchased by the Laganside Corporation in 1999 and re-sited in Lanyon Place to provide a visual link to the history of that areas, previously a sheep and cattle market.

Deborah Brown was born in Belfast 1927. She studied painting in Belfast and at the College of Art in Dublin.

In the 1960s she began to focus upon sculpture and became renowned in Ireland for her pioneering exploration of the medium of fibre glass.

Brown has established herself as one of the country’s leading sculptors and has achieved extensive international acclaim.

In 1982 a major retrospective of her work was held in the Ulster Museum and The Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, Dublin. Since 1951 she has had solo shows in Ireland, England, Scotland and Canada and exhibits at the Shambles Gallery Hillsborough, County Down and the Solomon Gallery, Dublin.

Her work is represented in many collections in Ireland and abroad, including the Ulster Museum, RTE, Bank of Ireland, the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art Dublin, Irish Museum of Modern Art Dublin and the Arts Council.

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