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Barry Flanagan
Born 11 January 1941
Died 31 August 2009 (aged 68)
Santa Eulalia del Río, Ibiza
Nationality Welsh
Education Birmingham College of Art and Crafts, 1957-1958 Saint Martin's School of Art, 1964-1966
Known for Sculpture
Awards Royal Academician, 1991 Commander of the Order of the British Empire, 1996

Barry Flanagan OBE RA (11 January 1941 – 31 August 2009) was a Welsh sculptor. He is best known for his bronze statues of hares and other animals.


Barry Flanagan was born on 11 January 1941 in Prestatyn, in North Wales. From 1957 to 1958 he studied architecture at Birmingham College of Art and Crafts. He studied sculpture at Saint Martin's School of Art in London from 1964 to 1966, and from 1967 to 1971 taught both at Saint Martin's and at the Central School of Art and Design.

He became an Irish Citizen and lived in Dublin since 2000. Flanagan died on 31 August 2009 of motor neurone disease.

He was the subject of a biographical film by Peter Bach, The Man Who Sculpted Hares: Barry Flanagan, A Life.

'Poet of the Building Site' by Robin Marchesi. A book on his life with Barry Flanagan was published by The Irish Museum of Modern Art 2011.


Leaping Hare On Crescent And Bell, City of London
Leaping Hare on Crescent and Bell, London (1988)
Untitled sculpture by Barry Flanagan (DSCF7040)
Untitled sculpture (Grimbergen)

Castings of Flanagan's Thinker on a Rock are installed at Washington University in St. Louis, the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park in Des Moines, Iowa, Utrecht, O’Connell Street in Dublin, the Philbrook Museum of Art, in Tulsa, OK, and the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, in Washington, D.C.

Flanagan's hare statue Large Left-Handed Drummer was on display in Union Square (New York City) park from 18 February to 24 June 2007.

Flanagan's 1993 Large Mirror Nijinski, again with two hares, is displayed at the Skulpturen Park Köln, in Cologne.

Tate Britain held a retrospective show Early Works 1965–1982 from September 2011 to January 2012. This exhibition contained many examples of his less well known pieces using materials such as cloth and rope, as well as some of the early bronze hare sculptures for which he became famous.

At an exhibition held by Sotheby's at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, in September–October 2012, fifteen of Flanagan's works were shown in a parkland setting. They included Large Nijinski on Anvil Point and Nijinski Hare, placed at opposite ends of the Canal Pond.

Selected solo exhibitions

  • 2021 Barry Flanagan, Galerie von Bartha, Basel
  • 2020 Barry Flanagan, Alchemy of the Theatre, Waddington Custot, London
  • 2019 Barry Flanagan, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
  • 2011 Barry Flanagan: Works from 1964—1982, Tate Britain
  • 2010 Barry Flanagan: Works 1966—2008, Waddington Galleries, London
  • 2009 Paul Kasmin (Park Avenue Armory), New York
  • 2009 Barry Flanagan: Hare Coursed, New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury, Wiltshire
  • 2008 Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach, Florida
  • 2008 Waddington Galleries, London
  • 2007 Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York
  • 2006 Barry Flanagan: Sculpture, 1965-2005, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
  • 1974 Projects: Barry Flanagan, Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • 1966 Rowan Gallery, London

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