Ross Ryan | From the Wheelhouse15 May 2020
Batten Down the Hatches
To coincide with his second major exhibition at The Scottish Gallery, Batten Down the Hatches, we have worked closely with Ross Ryan to give you as much access to the artist and his work as possible. Please see below to explore themes in his exhibition, watch films and more. To visit his exhibition page please click here.
This new collection of paintings is from two years of chasing gales, sailing to offshore lighthouses and discovering the people and their islands that found my messages in bottles. As the world has also temporarily battened down the hatches I hope this exhibition is a reminder of the beautiful seascapes of the West Coast that await for us.Ross Ryan, 2020
Lying west on the outer banks are two of the Stevensons’ largest lighthouses: Dubh Artach and Skerryvore. They are known by few but have offered salvation to thousands. Over 150 years their lights have blinked a simple message, a warning of the utmost danger. During this time, rage-filled seas have continued to de denied their rights for demolitionRoss Ryan, 2020
Of the Message in Bottles launched during the 2017 ‘solo winter voyage’, several have been found. Three of them took me to Tiree and Coll. I painted where they washed up and met those that discovered them.Ross Ryan, 2020
During the winter I painted from the shore, recording the sea in all her anger. Here is a force that could move a beach overnight and flick rocks like unwanted peas. Many of these paintings are from when the pressure dropped, started and completed in the one sitting. Not all of them made it.Ross Ryan, 2020
The seas were now massive, flashing their green fronts before tripping and folding into huge sold tubes. A stinking dead seal that had been close by got clawed back off the beach, I watched in awe as the tide somehow pulled it back out through the waves.Ross Ryan, 2020
The MacLean brothers or Team Broar, were the first and fastest three brothers to row the Atlantic which they completed in January 2020. Ross Ryan, aboard the Sgarbh, accompanied the MacLean brothers in August 2019, as they underwent their first sea trial touring the distilleries of Islay and Jura. The brothers took on the amazing 3000 miles rowing challenge to raise money for the charities Children 1st and Feedback Madagascar. Find out more about Ross's Whisky artworks in the video below.
A message from Crinan
A message from Ross Ryan and his mother, painter Frances Macdonald from in Crinan. Ross's show is currently on until 30th May and Frances will be exhibiting in December 2020.
The smart leisure guide
By enduring the harshest of environments, Ross Ryan’s collection of artwork, photographs and Logbook creates such a vividly illustrated narrative of his seafaring adventures.Vivien Devlin, The Smart Leisure Guide
Ross was recently featured in an article in The Smart Leisure Guide. Please click here to read more.
Anyone who caught Ryan’s last exhibition at the Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh in 2018 will be aware of his commitment to creating work in the open air, no matter how attritional the conditions.Roger Cox, The Scotsman
Ross was featured in The Scotsman on 17th May, click here to read more.
Crinan through the ages
Watch below for a fascinating short documentary on Crinan and the Crinan Canal where Ross Ryan lives and works. Keep an eye out for Ross' boat the Sgarbh!