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Barry Flanagan. Photo : Marc Domage

Large Left-handed Drummer, 2006

Bronze
490 x 290 x 244 cm
Presented by Waddington Custot, London

Drummer, 1996

Bronze
483 x 185 x 316 cm
Presented by Waddington Custot, London

Barry Flanagan was born in Prestatyn, North Wales. He died in Spain in 2009.

He is probably best known for his monumental, bronze hares. He cast his first Leaping Hare, in 1979, inspired by the sight of a hare bounding across a field. Combined with his muscular physicality, energy and grace, Flanagan said, “I find that the hare is a rich and expressive form that can carry the conventions of the cartoon and the attributes of the human into the animal world”. His hares are often engaged in human activities, playful and melancholy: the dancing Nijinski Hares, the music-making Troubadors and Drummers, the fighting Boxers, and the meditative Thinkers. Flanagan made his first Drummer in 1988. It was three-foot-high. He revisited the subject four more times, between 1989 and 1997, making eight and sixteen-foot monumental Drummers in both right-handed and left-handed versions.

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