John Ryan was born in Glasgow and started his schooling on the West Coast of Scotland, completing his education at Ealing School of Art. As a successful designer, he won a Design Council Award and lectured at several universities and the Royal College of Art whilst running his own design practice.
In 2008 he made the conscious decision to paint full time and restrict his portfolio to the Scottish landscape which he had explored in depth over many years as a mountaineer, photographer and artist. Working in vibrant primary colours he applies the oil with a painting knife.
Ryan’s knowledge of the subject, deep understanding of the environment and strong emotional response to the Scottish landscape imbue his painting. His work is an exciting celebration of the rich landscape and is held in private collections both at home and abroad.