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Fergus Ryan

About Fergus Ryan

View all my Artist Daily images and associated chat HERE ____________________________________________________________ Everything I look at I make a mirror of  Wherein to see my soul in all its seasons.  Patrick Kavanagh To see clearly is poetry, prophecy, and religion all in one. John Ruskin The Presence of Absence I am moved by a sense of the lingering 'presence of absence', the suspension in unbreathed time of reveries of unforgetting, lost presences, and the melancholy of traces. My inspiration in recent years comes from twentieth-century American realism, especially the somewhat disturbing and isolated moods of Andrew Wyeth. There are similar resonances in western Ireland's remote Atlantic landscapes. After a career in flying, my art studies have consisted of extended workshops in the United States with some prominent artists, Koo Schadler (egg tempera), Joe McGurl and Don Demers (oils, en plein air), Stan Miller (watercolour and egg tempera), and David Kassan (charcoal and oil portraits), and in Ireland with Carey Clarke, past president of the Royal Hibernian Academy (oils). In 2013 I spend the summer in Italy studying landscape painting with Israel Hershberg as part of the Jerusalem Studio School master class. In the Spring of 2015 I participated in the 6-week intensive programme of drawing and painting. I have exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy's annual exhibition in Dublin, with works in egg tempera (Buttermilk, Tidepool), acrylic (Extra Room andTerminus), and oils (Dreadlocks, Liminal, Lightkeeper and Reflection). Sudden Breeze was featured in International Artist magazine's Feb/Mar 2009 edition (65) landscape competition, and an 8-page article on my landscape paintings featured in International Artist June/July 2012 issue, number 85.  My website is www.FergusARyan.com  My Facebook art page is here. A video of some of my paintings is here on YouTube.

Harold

Portraiture HAROLD, egg tempera on true gesso panel, 46 x 61 cm (18″ x 24″), © Fergus A Ryan, 2016 This painting of our neighbour shows a man in whose face is reflected the history of much of the twentieth century. I spent hours listening to his fascinating story. Harold was born in Monkstown, County…

Harold

‘Harold’, egg tempera, 46 x 61 cm (18″ x 24″), © Fergus A Ryan, 2016 This painting of our neighbour shows a man in whose face is reflected the history of much of the twentieth century. I spent hours listening to his fascinating story. Harold was born in Monkstown, County Dublin, in 1921, the same…

Entwined

ENTWINED, oil on metal panel, 122 x 69 cm, © Fergus A Ryan, 2015 A young German friend, her distant gaze and entwined fingers expressing inner thoughts and feelings. The dark ‘grunge’ or ‘indy’ clothing emphasises the strong ‘X’ composition crossing at her hands, echoed in the dividers. The carpet in my studio and antique…

Entwined

‘Entwined’, oil on panel, 122 x 69 cm, © Fergus A Ryan, 2015 A young German friend, her distant gaze and entwined fingers expressing inner thoughts and feelings. The dark ‘grunge’ or ‘indy’ clothing emphasises the strong ‘X’ composition crossing at her hands, echoed in the dividers. The carpet in my studio and antique dividers…

Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo

Veduta di Firenze da Piazzale Michelangelopencil, 11 x 16 in  I did this pencil drawing in about four and a half hours looking over Florence from the elevated hillside square called Piazzale Michelangelo. I was a bit of a tourist attraction in my Panama hat sitting on a rock! To measure such a complex scene…

Pirum

Pirum, oil on panel, 10 x 7 inches approx. This modest still life was completed over three afternoons this week at the Florence Academy of Art.

Inbar

'Inbar' (Amber), charcoal and white chalk, 41.5 x 32.5 cm________________________________________  See all my images on Artist Daily here. Watch a video selection of my paintings on YouTube here.

Islanders

'ISLANDERS', egg tempera, 24 x 44.3 in (112.6 x 60.8 cm), © Fergus A Ryan, 2015 This is the haunting sight of the abandoned village on Great Blasket Island. The windows and doors of the crumbling houses seem to look longingly towards the mainland for their owners to return. The remaining islanders were evacuated in…

Bologna, Leaning Towers

Bologna, Leaning Towerswatercolour, 10" x 14"© Fergus A Ryan, 2015 These medieval towers in Bologna are both considerably out of vertical alignment. I've visited Bologna several times, most recently to see the exhibition of paintings by Morandi. This is the first watercolour I have done for some time, and I'm feeling quite out of practice.…

Rite of Passage

Rite of Passage, oil, 70 x 100 cm© Fergus Andrew Ryan, 2015  A woman is throwing a sprig of rosemary into the sea in remembrance of her father, a sea captain. Our neighbour had been on the last voyage of the QE2 in passage around Cape Horn, the southern tip of South America, where this…