Justin Laffan, born1952, son of George Laffan sculptor and art dealer. He was exposed to art from an early age and went to the National Collage of Art in the early 1970s. Justin worked in the Dublin Art Foundry casting bronze with John Behan.
Justin went to California in the mid 70s and worked with a conceptual art group, where he soon realized that ideas were not all important and that that the material must speak as well. On his return he helped promote a revival of stone carving in Ireland, with the Independent Artists sculpture group.
Justin Laffan grew up in a world of art; his father George was a sculptor, and an art dealer. He has a great understanding of materials and how to use them. His skills extend beyond sculpture; he is an accomplished art conservator and restorer. His work is also in great demand from interior designers.
The execution of his work is fast and intense from clear ideas. He is fascinated with the ageing process of his materials which give his work a timeless quality, never influenced by fashion. He has a great love of animal forms which gives his work a sense of fun and love of life.
He has undertaken public and private commissions and his work is in collections both here and abroad.