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West of Eden by Fergus Ryan


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Fergus Ryan

As a realist painter Fergus Ryan faces a certain difficulty: the all-too-obvious tangible presence of the subject. Beyond sight or touch another reality is mediated by the slightest gesture or effect, a trace, the shadows of private thought, or a left-behindness suggesting some absence. The inspiration may be, at its birth, a mere 'whim' or wisp, a wistfulness or yearning, a sense of incompleteness. Yet the place at which artist and viewer first converse is the tactile and beautiful reality of the visible subject itself. Its phenomena are often minutely explored in his work in anticipation of a glimpse of what endures forever.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2008 Royal Hibernian Academy 178th Annual Exhibition
Dublin Art Society Annual Exhibition (invited artist)
2009 The Trinity Exhibition, Oisín Gallery, Dublin (artworks by TCD staff & students)
2010 Royal Hibernian Academy 180th Annual Exhibition
2011 Royal Hibernian Academy 181st Annual Exhibition
2012 Royal Hibernian Academy 182nd Annual Exhibition
LB Fine Arts ‘Selected Collection’, Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow (August)
LB Fine Arts, exhibition, Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow (Nov-Dec )
Art Source Fair, LB Fine Arts, RDS Dublin (Nov)
2013 Royal Hibernian Academy 183rd Annual Exhibition
2014 Royal Hibernian Academy 184th Annual Exhibition 

Greenacres Gallery, Wexford Festival exhibition
2015 Royal Hibernian Academy 185th Annual Exhibition
Royal Ulster Academy of Arts, 134th Annual Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast
Greenacres Gallery, Wexford Festival exhibition (Oct-Nov)
2016 Royal Hibernian Academy 186th Annual Exhibition
Greenacres Gallery, Wexford Festival Opera exhibition (Oct-Nov)
National Gallery of Ireland, Hennessy Portrait Prize Shortlisted Artists Exhibition, November 2016 - March 2017
Gormleys Fine Art Christmas Exhibition

"There are some stunning painted portraits this year... Entwined by Fergus Andrew Ryan."
- THE SUNDAY TIMES

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