A self-portrait of Thomas Ryan from 2017.
New Limerick exhibition to celebrate artist Thomas Ryan 90th birthday
The newly opened People’s Museum of Limerick has announced an exhibition of forty paintings by the Limerick-born artist Thomas Ryan PRHA for the month of November.
Museum manager Dr. Rose Anne White commented “Thomas Ryan is one of Ireland’s most significant artists. We are incredibly grateful to be able to show a selection of his works in our museum on Pery Square, showing his versatility across portraits, still life, and historical scenes.
We are delighted that Thomas will launch the exhibition on the 5th November to tell us the story behind some of his most famous works, and so we can celebrate his 90th birthday in his home city”.
On show will be a selection of Thomas Ryan’s works, including one of his most famous works “The G.P.O. 1916” which hung for over 20 years in Leinster House.
Thomas Ryan PRHA was born in Davis Street in Limerick and trained at Limerick School of Art and at the National College of Art. He served as President of the Royal Hibernian Academy for ten years and is an honorary member of the Royal Academy and the Royal Scottish Academy. He was made a freeman of Limerick in 2007 and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Limerick.
The People’s Museum of Limerick is currently open Monday to Friday, 11 am to 3 pm, with extended opening hours coming soon. Rooms in the house are also available for rental and for community use, and events are held in the museum most nights of the week.
Speaking on the decision to entitle the museum ‘The People’s Museum of Limerick’, manager and curator of the museum, Dr. Rose Anne White said, “It showcases items that have been donated by the people of Limerick that are about the history of Limerick. The tour guides, carpenters, curators are all from Limerick themselves so you will be shown around by someone who lives right across the road in most cases”.
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