ON THE Tide Of History, a new exhibition of bronze sculptures, drawings, and paintings by John Behan, opens at The Kenny Gallery tomorrow at 6pm.
These new works depict the painful journey of two cultures - the Jews and the Irish. Behan makes connections between the two peoples, each with their own stories, struggles, hardship, and suffering, through The Famine for the Irish and the Shoah for the Jews.
“My art is related to ancient culture as well as to modern technique,” says the artist. “I feel every artist must have roots, roots that will tap into the ground. In terms of Irish art, we have had a gap between the Middle Ages and the 20th Century when no visual art was produced. So I had to go back: the future was in the past, if you like.”
The guest speaker will be Prof Adrian Frazier of NUI, Galway.
The gallery is located in the Liosbán Retail Park, Tuam Road. The exhibition runs until December 20. See www.TheKennyGallery.ie