MICHEL WARREN – Head bent back

MICHEL WARREN (1930-1975) 

Head bent back


Bronze test with black patina signed and numbered 4/8.

Foundry Mark Valsuani F. Bagneux.

38 x 50 x 25 cm





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Biography : 

Michael Warren, born in 1950 in Gorey, County Wexford, Ireland,  is an Irish sculptor who produces site-specific public art.

Inspired by Oisín Kelly, his art teacher at St Columba’s College, Michael Warren studied at Bath Academy of Art, at Trinity College Dublin and, from 1971 to 1975, at the Accademia di Brera in Milan. He now lives and works in Co. Wexford.

He has a number of very visible works in Ireland, including the large sweeping wood sculpture in front of the Dublin Civic Offices. Wood Quay, where the civic offices stand, was the centre of Viking Dublin and the sculpture evokes the form, and the powerful grace, of a Viking ship. It also reflects vertically the horizontal sweep of the nearby Liffey as it enters its bay. A complex balance of meanings matching a delicate, though massive, balance of substance is typical of his work. Warren himself describes the useful ambiguity of abstraction (Hill 1998).

With Roland Tallon he created Tulach a’ tSolais (Mound of Light), a memorial to the 1798 rebellion at Oulart Hill, County Wexford. Here, a room was hollowed out of a small hill; the room contains two abstract curved oak forms and is illuminated by natural light falling through a long slot in its ceiling and walls. Despite the unusual and abstract constitution of this memorial and despite the fraught political resonance of the rebellion, Tulach a’ tSolais is popular and something of a local attraction. His Gateway in Dún Laoghaire was less popular with some local people and it was eventually removed and returned to the artist.

At the northern entrance to the village of Leighlinbridge, County Carlow, is a sculpture by Michael Warren, depicting the thrones of the ancient seat of the Kings of South Leinster at Dinn Righ (The hill of the Kings). The Kings of Leinster lived near the village.

Works on Display 

Cloch na gCoillte (2013) Clonakilty, County Cork, Ireland

Unbroken Line (2013) Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland

Antaeus II (2010) Scott Cottage, Rossdohan, County Kerry, Ireland

Janus (2010) Western Gate Building, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

M-7 23, homage to Eileen Gray II (2010) Department of Environment, Wexford, Ireland

Stele for Thomas Wyse (2009) Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, Ireland

Obelisk (2009) Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre, Oldbridge Estate, County Meath, Ireland

Lieu de Rencontre (2008) Dar Sabre, Marrakech, Morocco

M-7 23 (2008) Expo 2008, Zaragoza, Spain

Wave Form (2008) No1 Warrington Place, Dublin, Ireland

Reliquery (2007) St Dominic’s College, Cabra, Dublin, Ireland

Go deo, homage to Samuel Beckett, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Em Louvor dos Limites (2005) Carrazeda de Ansiães, Portugal

No Pasaran (2004) the Mall, Waterford, Ireland

Amor Fati (2003) Jiaobanshan Park, Taoyuan, Taiwan

Bronze Arch (2003) Gongju, Korea

Her Hair (II) (2003) Courtown Harbour, County Wexford, Ireland

Gateway (2002) Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin, Ireland

East Point (2001) East Point, Dublin, Ireland

Pasqua (III) (2001) University of Valencia, Spain

Ceatharloch (2001) Carlow, Ireland

Millennium Sculpture (2001) Radió Telefís Éireann, Dublin, Ireland

Dolmen (2000) Irish Management Institute, Dublin, Ireland

Almanac (2000) Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Tulach a’ tSolais (1999) Oulart Hill, County Wexford, Ireland

Atlanticus (1999) County Buildings, Galway, Ireland

Pasqua (II) (1999) A&L Goodbody HQ, International Financial Services Centre, Dublin, Ireland

El Arado y las Estrellas (1998) Metropolitan Park, Quito, Ecuador

Antaeus (1998), Devil’s Glen, County Wicklow, Ireland

Chi (III) (1998) Rathdown School, Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin, Ireland

Her Hair (1997) East Point, Dublin, Ireland

Hors les murs (1996) Clermont-Ferrand, France

Trade Winds (1996) Santo Tirso, Portugal

Ophelia (1st version) (1995) Dieudonné, Oise, France

Ophelia (2nd version) (1995) Castlelough, County Clare, Ireland

Alizes et tortues (1994) Lamentin, Guadeloupe, French West Indies

Wood Quay (1994) Civic Offices, Dublin, Ireland

Eena-Meena-Mina-Mo (1993) Farnsworth House, Plano, Illinois, USA

Salmon Fall (1993) University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland

Living Relic (1993) Dunleer, County Louth, Ireland

A Full Moon in March (1992) Minamikata, Japan

Elegy to Light (1992) island of Thassos, Greece

Pagan Place (1991) Encamp, Principality of Andorra

Chi (1991) Allied Dunbar, Swindon, England

Throughway (1991) University College Dublin, Ireland

Beneath the ’bow (1991) Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland

Chi (1990) Oloron Sainte-Marie, France

Journey Inland (1990) Campo de las Naciones, Madrid, Spain

Thrones (1989) Hakone Open Air Museum, Japan

Bio-dynamics (1989) Conrad Hotel, Dublin, Ireland

Antigone (1988) Olympic Sculpture Park, Seoul, Korea

De-creation (VI) (1987) Ferrybank, Wexford, Ireland

Timber Construction for Plano (1986) Farnsworth House, Plano, Illinois, USA

After Image (1986) Castletown Cox, County Kilkenny, Ireland

Thrones (1986) Leighlinbridge, County Carlow, Ireland

Countermovement (1985) Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Void Anchored (1985) Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny, Ireland

Escultura Blanca (1985) Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Articulation of Void (1985) Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Broken Obelisk (1985) Foxrock, County Dublin, Ireland

Chi (I) (1984) Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Family (1983) Gilbey’s of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland

Noche Oscura (1981) Dublin Port & Docks Board, Dublin, Ireland

De-creation (V) (1978) Radió Telefís Éireann, Dublin, Ireland