26 May to 25 June
Solomon Fine Art is delighted to host an exhibition of new sculpture by Ronan Halpin. The work for this exhibition ranges in size from small to medium-scale and in style from representational to purely abstract. Ronan Halpin, a master of materials, uses painted steel, brass, bronze, copper, polished concrete and the recycled parts of old machines. He also uses Corten steel which has been allowed to rust and take on the patina of its surroundings. These works were designed to inhabit the landscape and were shaped by it. Colour is very much to the fore in this body of work.
Ronan Halpin lives and works on Achill Island in Co. Mayo. He has worked as a sculptor for almost 30 years and is a graduate of the National School of Art & Design and Yale School of Art in the US where he achieved a Masters in Fine Art in 1984. His work is in numerous private collections, including those of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney and former Taoiseach John Bruton.
The title of this exhibition ‘Of Birds and Beasts’ makes a reference to the title of John Steinbeck’s novel ‘Of Mice and Men’ and also to the fantastical work of Lewis Carroll. The work on show evokes the mystery and mythology of dreams with references to history, archaeology and religion.