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Artists Bio : Robert Ryan

Listed in The Sixth Edition of 'ADAMS, A Buyers Guide to Irish Art'

Limerick born Robert Ryan graduated from Limerick School of Art & Design in 1987. He worked in London and Copenhagen before returning to Ireland in 1994.


Over the years Robert has traveled extensively in Europe, Africa, Asia, The Americas and, most recently, Australia. He has been intrigued by the many different eco-systems he has encountered; the way in which all living things interact and how we value that fact; how we see ourselves and other evolutionary groups.


Robert has had many solo exhibitions and has regularly shown in major annual exhibitions like the Oireachtais, R.H.A., R.U.A., Iontas, E.V.A. and Eigse. He has exhibited in several countries and his work is in many public and private collections.


Robert now lives in historic Lough Gur, Co. Limerick, where he grew up. A unique environment that is a constant source of inspiration for his evocative images.


“I sometimes work till the break of dawn. The hours of darkness, silence and stillness almost feel timeless, infinite. My images are of a universal landscape where generic creatures as if in limbo wander in search of sanctuary, like lost souls”.


Solo exhibitions

2010                                   ‘Themes Motifs Aspects’ Limerick Printmakers

2009                                   ‘Between Worlds’ Wexford Festival of Opera

2008                                    ‘The Spirit Inside’ Chris Doswell Gallery, Roscarbarry, Co. Cork  

2008                                   ‘Sanctuary’ Tunan Gallery, Portlaois

2006                                   ‘A place of Refuge’ Hallward Gallery, Dublin

2006                                   ‘Pilgrims’ Hunt Museum, Limerick

2004                                   'Earth And Sky’ Moulin Gallery, Limerick

2004                                   ‘The Search For Paradise’ Courthouse Art Centre,

                                               Tinahelly, Co. Wicklow & Market House, Monaghan.

2002                                    ‘Lost Souls’ Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford

2000                                    ‘A Dark Empty Place’ Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick

1998                                     ‘After the Final Sunset’ South Tipperary Arts Centre, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary

1995                                     ‘New Work’ Arts Council, Dublin

1988                                     ‘New Work’ Galleri Henning, Copenhagen, Denmark


Group exhibitions

2010                                    A Eire of the Sences, World Expo, Shanghai

2009                                    Two person show with David Begley, Norman Gallery, Wexford. 

2008                                    Irish Contemporary Art, Orlando, Florida

                                               Oisin Gallery, Dublin - 30th Anniversary Exhibition     

2007                                    Made in Ireland, Beijing, Shanghi

                                               Boyle Arts Festival, Roscommon

2006                                    Irish Contemporary Art, Mary Ward House, London

                                               Irish Art, John Martin Gallery at Lalique, New York

2005                                    ‘Into the Jungle’ John Martin Gallery, Chelsea, London

2004                                    ‘Myth And Magic’ John Martin Gallery, Chelsea, London

2003                                    ‘Ochtar’ Hunt Museum, Limerick

2002                                     Le Ceile words and images against Racism, Pearce House, Dublin

2001                                     Eigshe ’01 Carlow also 2005 & 2006

                                                Blue Leaf Gallery, Dublin

                                                Le Ceile RHA Dublin

                                               ‘Joy’ Galway City Gallery

                                               ‘Visions’ Hallward Gallery, Dublin

                                               ‘Touching The Dark’ Windmill Arts, Tralee, Co. Kerry

2000                                    Tintan Feather Loft Gallery, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary also 01, 02, 03 & 2007

1999                                     Daffodil Gallery, Skerries, Co. Dublin

1998                                     Dye House Gallery, Waterford

                                               ‘Interiors’ 3 Person Show Blackcombe Gallery, Cork

                                               ‘Four By Eight’ Wexford Art Centre

                                               SOS ’98 Ardgillen Castle, Dublin

                                               Oireachtais also in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 & 2008

                                               EVA ’98 Limerick

1997                                     ‘New Works’ Anna Von Gosslin Gallery, Dublin

                                               Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition, Belfast also 2008 & 2009

                                               Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition, Dublin also 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08 09 & 2010

                                               Art International Wemyss Gallery, Sydney, Australia

                                              ‘Perishing Permenence’ Dolmen Gallery, Limerick

1996                                    Iontas – also in 1998, 1999 & 2000

1993                                    On the Pool Gallery, London

1991                                    ‘Tusk Fund’ Atrium Gallery, London

1990                                    Open Studios with White Chapel Gallery, London

1998                                    Two person show with Galleri Henning, Copenhagen, Denmark



Office of Public Works, RTE Studios, Limerick County Council

Wexford County Council, Wexford Art Centre

National Contemporary Drawing Collection – many public and private collections


Robert Ryan is listed in The Sixth Edition of 'ADAMS, A Buyers Guide to Irish Art'.


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