Fergus A Ryan

My Bio

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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, LightkeeperReflection, Hot and Cold). 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.


  • 23 Apr 2015
  • Royal Hibernian Academy 185th Annual Exhibition 25 May - 8 August 2015

    The RHA Annual Exhibition is a highlight of the art calendar in Ireland. I am pleased that my painting 'Hot and Cold' has been selected for the 2015 exhibition.