ADRIAN RYAN 1920-1998
Oil pastels and pencil annotations on paper, signed.
Ex: artist’s family.
Adrian Ryan, once described as the painter’s painter; led something of a charmed life .Educated at Eton and trained at the Slade, he lived between Suffolk, Cornwall and the South of France. All of these elements are reflected in his painting - an admirer of Bonnard and Soutine, his brushwork is definitively French school. His landscapes captured the coves of Cornwall and the villages of Brittany as well as still life compositions. Seafood fascinated him - the colours of ‘nature morte’, the gleam in an eye or on a fishscale, a continual investigation….
His work was purchased for the Tate Gallery among many others.