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Ronan takes his design inspiration from the landscape and seascape that surrounds him here in this remote corner of the Wild Atlantic Way – on the western edge of the Irish coast. From his studio high on the hillside, Ronan looks out towards the islands of Clew Bay and the limitless ocean beyond. Living and working, as he does, with the rugged west coast landscape and vertiginous cliff formations surrounding him, he seeks to reflect this in his work.
The work itself combines character and power, balancing the mythological and the vernacular in a series of arresting counterpoints. A look at Ronan’s work over the last three decades shows a consistent throughline of sensibilities; recurring motifs of wondrous boats and real or imagined beasts, kings, folk lore, water and perilous flight of bird or plane.
The Irish Arts Review, Spring 2017.