Ross Ryan takes visitors to The Scottish Gallery on a journey from Crinan to Catterline this September. Balancing the life of a sailor and painter, Ross has spent 3 years predominantly painting outside, often on deck of his 1947 wooden fishing boat t he Sgrabh.
Since studying at Grays School of Art in Aberdeen from 1993 1997, Ross has been continually on the move Recording in changing mediums that suit the various and often complex environments Ryan has sailed the Atlantic on several occasions and t ravel bursaries have taken him to The Caribbean and The Arctic and he has held artist residencies in Poland, Finland and Ecuador.
In 2021, Ryan set out from the fishing village of Crinan where he was born and still has a studio that perches above the harbour and enjoys spectacular views across the sound towards Jura and undertook a journey of 1 300 miles around the Scottish coast This included a run out to Saint Kilda, then heading north rounding Cape Wrath, sailing along the north coast to Wick and from there down to Moray and eventually to Peterhead. There, he moored Sgarbh and made his way to Catterline. His return voyage was the shortcut back through the Caledonian Canal.
For his exhibitions at The Scottish Gallery Ross has chased heavy weather across the islands of Scotland, painting seascapes full of the energy and drama of Atlantic storms. By enduring and working in the harshest environments, both physical and emotional, his work offers the viewer a documentary style direct insight into the subject, work and creative process.
Ross Ryan, From Crinan to Catterline at The Scottish Gallery
The Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh EH3 6HZ
Thursday 1st September 2022 – Saturday 24th September 2022
Press view/photocall: Thursday 1st September 2022, 10am – 11am
The Scottish Gallery
Established in South St. David Street, Edinburgh by Aitken Dott in 1842 as Gilders, Framers, and Artists’ Colourmen the firm, as it does today, also exhibited and sold work by the leading Scottish artists of the day. As all areas of the business grew, larger premises were found in Castle Street in 1860 and a new dedicated gallery space was opened in 1897 as The Scottish Gallery The gallery has been situated on Dundas Street since 1992. The Scottish Gallery is celebrating 1 80 Years of Art in 2022