Adrian Ryan

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Adrian RYAN, 1920-1998

Adrian Ryan was born in London in 1920, and brought up at Hintlesham Hall, Suffolk. He was educated at Eton, and the Architectural Association and Slade School of Art.

Ryan was associated with the St. Ives School. He first visited Cornwall in 1943 and lived in Mousehole for twenty years from 1945, though he always retained a London studio.

He was one time President of the Newlyn Painters' Association and exhibited with the influental Crypt Group. Practising the supreme art of omission, his roving eye focuses on a limited number of well loved scenes, but with myriad variations. He is best known for his very popular paintings of Cornish scenes and still-lifes. He never involved himself with the abstract school. He was a lecturer at Goldsmiths College of Art, 1948-83, and at Cambridge College of Art, 1967-85, and he had his first solo exhibition at the Redfern Gallery, London, in 1943. His work is to be seen in many public collections, including the Tate Gallery, the Victoria & Albert Museum, The Arts Council, Contemporary Art Society, Manchester City Art Galleries, the Nuffield Foundation, the Sainsbury Trust, National Gallery of New Zealand, the National Gallery of Northern Ireland and the Beverly Hills Hotel.

He died in 1998.