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Yann Renard Goulet (1914-1999)
Yann Goulet was born in St. Nazaire in Brittany and began his artistic studies in France at the École Nationale Supérior des Beaux Arts. Here he studied both architecture and fine art, learning the art of sculpture under one of Rodin's assistants, Despiau. However, his passion for the Breton separatist cause brought about his leaving France in 1947 and settling with his family in Ireland. He established himself in Bray working primarily as a sculptor and won a competition to design the Custom House Memorial in Dublin. Ten years later, he began exhibiting at the RHA, eventually becoming the RHA Professor of Sculpture. He was also made a member of Aosdána in 1982. In Goulet's obituary which appeared in The Irish Times on 25 August 1999, Aidan Dunne described him as an expressive innovator of the arts in Ireland.