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 John Ryan  (1925 - 1992)

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Lived/Active: Ireland      Known for: illustrations, paintings

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Born in Dublin in 1925, John Ryan studied at the NCA, but was largely a self-taught painter through a practice of "careful intelligent observation" combined with "a genuine and humorous love of land, sea and human tradition" (Hilary Pyle, "John Ryan exhibition in Cork", Irish Times, 23 October 1981).

He was a regular exhibitor at the RHA from 1946 onwards, and also showed at the annual Oireachtas and the IELA. He designed theater sets for the Abbey, Gate, Olympia and Gaiety Theaters as well as for the stage in London. He also acted in and produced several plays. From 1949 to 1951 he edited the literary and arts journal, Envoy, and from 1969 to 1974 was editor of The Dublin Magazine. Ryan was also a broadcaster, being a long-time contributor to Sunday Miscellany on Radio Éireann.

In 1975 he published a book of his reminiscences of literary Dublin entitled Remembering How We Stood, featuring stories of his friends including Behan, Kavanagh, J. P. Donleavy (q.v.) and Anthony Cronin, and the many Dublin characters who patronized his famous pub, "The Bailey" in Duke Street.

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