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Conor Fallon

Born in Dublin in 1939, he was raised in Co. Wexford and is the third son of the poet Padraic Fallon. He started to paint in 1957 while a student at Trinity College, Dublin. He moved to Cornwall in 1965, marrying the painter Nancy Wynne-Jones in 1966. With the encouragement of the sculptor Denis Mitchell, he turned gradually to sculpture, first exhibiting at Newlyn Orion in 1972, the year he and his wife returned to live in Ireland. His first Irish one-person exhibition was at the Emmet Gallery in 1977 with other solo exhibitions at the Lad Lane Gallery (1978); Taylor Galleries (1984, 90, 93, 97); and Sligo Art Gallery (1994). He held a joint exhibition with Sean McSweeney at the RHA Gallagher Gallery in 1996, which subsequently toured Ireland, and a solo show at Theo Waddington Fine Art in 1997. He was elected to the RHA in 1989, and has served two terms as RHA Secretary. He was awarded the Oireachtas Gold Medal for Sculpture in 1980, and an Honorary Associateship of the National College of Art and Design in 1993. Public commissions include St. Patrick's Hospital, Irish Life, University College Dublin, University College Cork and Independent Newspapers.

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