Ross Ryan studied at Grays School of Art in Aberdeen from 1993-1997, where he was awarded The St. Fittick Prize for Printmaking. From his studio, perched above Crinan Harbour, Ross enjoys spectacular views looking southwest across the sound towards Jura. 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 The Sgrabh, though Bet Low Trust Travel Bursaries have taken him to The Caribbean and The Arctic and he has held artist residencies in Poland, Finland and Ecuador. 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.

Ross solo exhibition Batten Down the Hatches took place in May 2020, and later in the year his work was exhibited in the exhibition A Family Affair alongside the work of his mother, the painter Frances Macdonald. Click here to purchase the accompanying catalogue. We look forward to hosting Ross Ryan's work in his next solo exhibition in September 2022.


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