Dublin based sculptor Eamonn Ceannt has travelled extensively over the years including North Africa, the US, Iran, Afghanistan, Nepal and the Indian sub-continent and lived for a number of years in both East and West Africa. These overseas influences are reflected in his sculpture. His current work can be loosely classified into three groups – head studies, figurative and mythical studies and plant/animal pieces. His work is tactile and sensuous with an emphasis on form and the juxtaposition of soft curved surfaces and planes. The influence of native art is evident, mainly in his head studies, and in the variety of colour in the patinas of the finished pieces.
The definition of the visual arts as a “sensuous engagement with materials” is one that I value and certainly Eamonn Ceannt’s tactile approach to the making of sculpture well illustrates the veracity of that observation. His commitment to form is fully realised in his beautifully cast works in bronze.