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John Coll is one of Ireland's most prominent figurative sculptors. He has sculpted many works of national importance including monuments to the poet Patrick Kavanagh and the writer Brendan Behan on the Dublin canals. Other large-scale projects include a monument to Countess Markievicz in Rathcormac, Co Sligo and locally a life-size portrait of the racehorse "Bobby-Jo" in Mountbellew, Co Galway.

Recent works include a 3.5 metre bronze and stainless steel sculpture entitled "Ceilliuradh" in NUI Galway and he is presently working on a 4.5 metre monument to the Galway footballer Enda Colleran for Moylough, Co Galway.

He has exhibited widely in Europe and held a one-man show in New York in 1998. His work is found in many collections including the Bank of Ireland collection, The National Museum Collins Barracks, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, The National Library of Ireland Collection and Stanford University, California, USA.

John Coll's first one-man exhibition was in Kennys Art Gallery, Galway in 1985. Since then he has had shows in Galway in 1987, 1989 and 1991 and in Sligo in 1988. He has featured in many group shows, most notably as a prize-winner in the Oireachtas. He has had a number of private commissions, including portraits of Benedict Kiely, Brendan O'hEithir and Francis Stuart and of the late Siobhán McKenna. He has two important commissions in Galway, in the City Hall and in Celtic International. His most recent was the artwork for the Dublin Literary Parade in St. Patrick's Park. He has worked on important projects with John Behan, with Eamonn O'Doherty and with Macnas.

There are two major developments in his approach, firstly in terms of the medium he uses. For some considerable time, his output was almost exclusively in stainless steel, but he began to feel the need for a more malleable or textile medium. This, together with a desire to introduce some colour into his forms brought about a change to non-ferrous metal, such as copper, brass and especially bronze.

The second major change is due to the fact that he now lives in Dublin. This has moved him away from the birds, plants and fishes of the West to the human figure - to the butchers, the carters, the sculptors and above all the writers of Dublin. John Coll is especially drawn to Beckett - because of the honesty and humanity of his work and because of his amazing face.

During the summer of 2000 the distinguished artist made a return visit to Galway with an exhibition entitled "Upon Reflection". This was John's seventh solo exhibition with The Kenny Gallery since 1985. Each of these shows meant a change in style, and as his work shows a constant willingness to experiment with new ideas and different media.

The work in that show was like a mini-retrospective, illustrating many of the themes, which inspired the artist. There were some of the early studies of birds and animals, of bronzes based on various myths, studies of literary figures, Vincent Van Gough; and a new series of surreal images in cast bronze. Another new feature of John's work is a series of intaglio prints. The work is mostly figurative.

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