ASSYMMETRIC, egg tempera, 60.5 x 91 cm
© Fergus A Ryan, 2017 & 2021 Private collection
The misspelling of asymmetric is intentional. The setting is on Great Blasket Island looking towards the mainland with the three donkeys in an, eh... assymmetric pose. The rare long-haired donkey ponders the asymmetric form of the old broken fork. The island was abandoned in 1953 when the Irish-speaking population moved to the mainland. A few houses have recently been restored. The islands feature in several of my other paintings — Islanders, Island Requiem, West of Eden, Cathedral, and Towards the Blaskets.