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Crinan to Catterline

01 September 2022 - 24 September 2022

The Gallery continues to follow Ross Ryan’s artistic practice, which combines his intimate knowledge and understanding of the west coast of Scotland, his life as a professional skipper and his dedication as an artist. Last year Ross sailed the longest passage he has made on the Sgarbh to date. His intention was to record his journey between his home in Crinan to Catterline. He lays bare the weather conditions, his encounters with people, the places, the difficulties, the triumphs – of sometimes feeling alone, of feeling small, whilst feeling an intense wonder at the landscape from sea or land.

Ross Ryan

Meet the Artist

Born: 1974

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.

We look forward to hosting Ross Ryan’s work in his next solo exhibition in September 2022.


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