Based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, Louis Ryan is a classical realist painter who was trained in Florence in the traditional methods of portraiture and landscape painting. These have as their fundamental principle the depiction of images from life.
The subject and image are placed side by side in a technique called sight-size. The painter stands back from the subject and image and is able to see and compare both together and therefore paint accurately and effectively. It enables the artist to view his work as a unified image and allows a broad handling that brings the picture into focus at a given distance.
In portraiture, a good likeness is paramount: Louis knows that it is not only the accuracy of his draughtsmanship but also a thorough knowledge and understanding of the model which enable him to capture that likeness and, just as importantly, the true character of the sitter.
In landscapes, Louis aims to convey the atmosphere of a place: the cool morning breeze over a sunlit lake, the damp heat after the rains on a road in the tropics. Here he aspires to lead the viewer into the beauty of the world he sees and feels about him.
Louis has held yearly exhibitions across Europe and his paintings are in collections worldwide.