Fergus O’Ryan RHA


“Grand Canal, Digby Bridge, Sallins”. Oil on canvas board 30x40cm by Fergus O’Ryan RHA

Fergus O’Ryan was born in Limerick in 1911 and studied under Richard Butcher at the Limerick School of Art before attending the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art. He is listed as first exhibiting at the RHA in 1938 and from then he exhibited almost every year until 1984. O’Ryan held solo shows at the Victor Waddington Galleries in Dublin in 1950 and in 1954. In 1952 he provided the illustrations for Patricia Lynch’s Tales of Enchantment, and in 1953 he designed a stamp to mark An Tostal. In 1956 he won the President Hyde Gold Medal Award at the Oireachtas exhibition. In 1959 he was appointed an associate of the RHA, becoming a full member in 1960. O’Ryan’s works are included in the collections of the Crawford Municipal Gallery in Cork and Dublin City Gallery, the Hugh Lane