Warm wel­come for Scot­tish artist

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS - By ALI­SON COMYN

THE driv­ing rain of a chilly Oc­to­ber evening couldn’t cool the warm wel­come await­ing Scot­tish artist Ryan Mut­ter to Drogheda last Thurs­day, for the launch of Amer­gin Artists’ new col­lec­tion.

The gallery space in South­gate cen­tre was the venue, and scores of peo­ple braved the el­e­ments to at­tend, not only to see the tal­ents of fam­ily and friends, but to spy some of the visit­ing artist’s mag­nif­i­cent work.

“I’m de­lighted to have been asked back to launch the new col­lec­tion, and I have a great re­la­tion­ship now with Eu­ge­nia Whe­lan and the other mem­bers of the col­lec­tive, so they al­ways make me feel very wel­come,” he said.

“I had a great look around the gallery ear­lier on to­day, and there is some amaz­ing tal­ent on dis­play, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing they are all am­a­teur.”

Ryan is no stranger to the town, hav­ing vis­ited on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions, as well as ex­hibit­ing in Clogher­head and rais­ing funds for the RNLI there.

In­deed, along­side some of his amaz­ing gritty de­pic­tions of the ship­yards and ship­builders of Glas­gow, the au­di­ence saw some stun­ning paint­ings of ships docked in Drogheda port and a jaunty im­pres­sion of the trawlers on a sunny day in Port Oriel har­bour.

“Aye, a lot of peo­ple com­ment that it is un­usual for me to use so much colour,” he says with a smile, his Scot­tish burr adding to the hu­mour.

“It was in the height of the heat­wave dur­ing the sum­mer, and I thought, come on, do some­thing dif­fer­ent, and maybe it will be the start of a whole new style.”

Mut­ter was born 1978 in Kil­marnock, Ayr­shire, and stud­ied at the Glas­gow School of Art where he grad­u­ated in 2001.

Since be­com­ing estab­lished, he has ac­cu­mu­lated many awards and has been in­vited to ex­hibit his work all over Bri­tain.

Ryan has built up a for­mi­da­ble rep­u­ta­tion as a pow­er­ful contemporary painter of in­dus­trial and mar­itime sub­jects, who can count Billy Con­nolly as one of his fans.

It is his usual style of stark and ar­rest­ing paint­ings that has made him world fa­mous, but he still took time to talk to a group of young artists from pri­mary schools around the town who are just start­ing out on their artis­tic jour­neys.

Eu­ge­nia said she was honoured as al­ways to have Ryan visit, and was thrilled with the turnout at the launch.

“We have a won­der­ful dis­play too from our own artists and we wel­come any­one to drop in and see what we have on of­fer,” she added, her own paint­ings be­ing par­tic­u­larly eye-catch­ing.

“We have styles and prices to suit all tastes and pock­ets – es­pe­cially with Christ­mas com­ing – or else just come in to en­joy the peace and quiet and have a chat.”

Au­drey Smyth, Eu­ge­nia Whe­lan and Carmel Plum­mer at the art ex­hi­bi­tion open­ing by Ryan Mut­ter.. Right: Ann Mullen, Pa­tri­cia Smith and Marie Reilly

Mary and Joe Lawlor at the ex­hi­bi­tion by Ryan Mut­ter at South­gate.

Artist Ryan Mut­ter and Ciaran Whe­lan at the ex­hi­bi­tion on Thurs­day.

Michael Keogh at the ex­hi­bi­tion by the Amer­gin artists

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