John Behan RHA Biography and Works - Ross's Auctioneers & Valuers
John Behan RHA

John Behan was born in Dublin and now he lives and works near Galway city. Behan has played a major part in developing sculpture in Ireland over the last forty years.  His success in sculpture first began when he was trained in London and Oslo and began exhibiting his work widely.

 

In 1962, Behan was a founding member of the New Artists’ group and Dublin’s innovative Project Art Centre in Dublin in 1967. Appointed a member of the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1990, an associate of the Academy since 1973 and also a member of Aosdana.  

 

Seamus Heaney said, ‘There is something psychologically salubrious about John Behan. It is as if you are encountering what the Upanishads call the ancient self, something previous to an underlying individual character, some kind of psychic bedrock. These sculptures please us by their materiality, by their substantial physical presence, their bronze in-placeness, their this-worldness….for they are not in the least otherworldly. They are produced by somebody who knows the behaviour of bronze as it was known in the workshops of Rodin and Michelangelo, And yet in spite of the down-to-earthiness and this-worldness of these images John has made, there is also present in them and behind them a sense that they are vessels of spirit, symbols of human knowledge, images, as Yeats said ‘that yet/fresh images beget.”

John Behan RHA - Auction results

There have been 9 artwork(s) sold in previous auctions
  • Lot 228 by John Behan RHA at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 228 Sale Date: 05 October 2011
    Result: £1,000
  • Lot 239 by John Behan RHA at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 239 Sale Date: 07 March 2012
    Result: £400
  • SAILORS by John Behan RHA at Ross's Auctions
    SAILORS Sale Date: 19 May 2016 Medium: Mixed Media Size: H 20" x W 16"
    Result: £120
  • HAPPY AS LARRY (THE ABBEY THEATRE) by John Behan RHA at Ross's Auctions
    HAPPY AS LARRY (THE ABBEY THEATRE) Sale Date: 01 August 2012 Medium: Coloured Print Size: H 17.5" x W 13.5"
    Result: £100
  • FIGURES by John Behan RHA at Ross's Auctions
    FIGURES Sale Date: 12 September 2012 Medium: Limited Edition Lithograph (5/6) Size: H 23" x W 14"
    Result: £80
  • FACE STUDY by John Behan RHA at Ross's Auctions
    FACE STUDY Sale Date: 06 February 2013 Medium: Limited Edition Coloured Lithograph (49/75) Size: H 17" x W 13"
    Result: £80
  • BULL FIGHT by John Behan RHA at Ross's Auctions
    BULL FIGHT Sale Date: 05 June 2014 Medium: Limited Edition Black & White Lithograph (72/75) Size: H 10" x W 15"
    Result: £80
  • SEATED FIGURE by John Behan RHA at Ross's Auctions
    SEATED FIGURE Sale Date: 05 June 2014 Medium: Limited Edition Black & White Etching (1/12) Size: H 18" x W 12"
    Result: £60
  • TABLE TOP STILL LIFE by John Behan RHA at Ross's Auctions
    TABLE TOP STILL LIFE Sale Date: 05 June 2014 Medium: Limited Edition Black & White Engraving (5/12) Size: H 12" x W 18"
    Result: £50