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Veronica Ryan

Veronica Ryan (b. 1956) is a Montserrat-born British artist who currently splits her time between New York and the UK.

She studied at St Albans, Bath Academy of Art, the Slade School of Art and the School for Oriental and African Studies.

In 2000, Ryan completed a residency at Tate St Ives, where she worked in the former studio of Barbara Hepworth and used marble gifted by the Hepworth Estate.

Work in process by Veronica Ryan. Photo: Jules Lister

During her time there, Ryan made a series of works that responded to Hepworth’s sculpture, the Cornish landscape and to her own interests in interior and exterior forms, identity and place. A number of these pieces have since joined existing works by the artist in the Tate Collection and Arts Council Collection.

In June 2017, Ryan undertook a residency at The Art House, Wakefield, where she re-examined her connection with Barbara Hepworth and continued her explorations of ancestral history, domestic objects and memory. As part of this residency, Ryan has responded to the work in Masterpieces by Barbara Hepworth and a new work Particles is on display at The Hepworth Wakefield from 23 November 2017.

Work in process by Veronica Ryan. Photo: Jules Lister

Ryan was represented in the Arts Council Collection touring show  Making It: Sculpture in Britain  1977 – 1986 in 2015, which produced a well received catalogue featuring an essay by Jon Wood, Research Coordinator, Henry Moore Institute and contribution from Mike Tooby, Professor of Art and Design, Bath School of Art and Design. Her work also featured in the British Art Show at Hayward Gallery, London in 1990. Solo exhibitions include  The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh PA (2011/12), Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge (1988), ICA, London (1987) and Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol (1987). Her work is in the permanent collection of the Tate Gallery and Arts Council Collection.

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New work by Veronica Ryan

on display at The Hepworth Wakefield from 23 November 2017

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