Ryan Mutter
BIO | CV

The social consequences of severe job cuts are still felt in every corner of Great Britain to this day. Ryan Mutter believes there is much to learn from the country’s industrial heritage. Lessons about community, skill-sharing and remaining positive in bleak times.

Ryan has built up a formidable reputation as a powerful contemporary painter of Industrial and Maritime subjects. His bold realism combined with expressionistic brushwork transports you into a world of arresting detail and mechanised splendour.

Born in 1978, he studied at the Glasgow School of Art, where he graduated in 2001. He has now won many distinguished awards including six at the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts.

His inspiration comes from Britain’s industrial heritage and its connection between man and the sea. In Glasgow alone shipbuilding provided work for 70,000 men in more than 50 yards spread along 11 miles of quayside. But today these yards sit empty, a shadow of their former self. The advancements made in technology and design methods superseded the old and made once important skills and craftsmanship redundant. This is what drives Ryan as he looks to capture and remind people of how important this work force was in the development of the modern world.

“There will be kids growing up near the Clyde who – if you didn’t tell them about the shipbuilding – probably wouldn’t know what used to be there,” says Ryan. “That’s one of the things that drives me.”

“I want to make sure there’s always going to be something out there that’s evocative and will remind people what was there in previous generations. What Glasgow and Britain was famous for. World famous at that.”

L.S. Lowry, Frank Brangwyn, George Bellows, Edward Hopper, Claude Monet, Sir Muirhead Bone, Joseph Mallord William Turner are just some of the artists who Ryan has taken influence from. His work can be found in collections around the world, including Geneva, Zurich, Vancouver, Belgium, Tasmania, Boston, Utrecht, Tokyo, and Dubai.

Awards

2017 City of Glasgow College Award, RGI 154th Annual Exhibition

2017 Armour Award, RGI 154th Annual Exhibition

2012 Mabel Mackinley award RGI 151st Annual Exhibition

2009 City of Glasgow Award, RGI 148th Annual Exhibition

2009 East Ayrshire open art competition

2008 Fellowship award, RGI 147th Annual Exhibition

2007 The David Cargill Award, RGI 146th Annual Exhibition

International Collections

Geneva, Zurich, Vancouver, Belgium, Tasmania, Boston, Utrecht, Tokyo, and Dubai

Exhibitions

2019

Two person show with Roseanne barr at Lemond Gallery

Arteries Gallery Glasgow Art Fair

Arteries gallery Summer Show

Strathearn Gallery Summer show

Lemond gallery Summer show

Mixed show at he Biscuit Factory Newcastle

The Affordable art fair London, Battersea, with Eton Contemporary

Thompsons gallery London mixed autumn show

Joint show At Strathearn gallery with Cecilia Cardiff and Marion Drummond

Christmas show with Arteries gallery

Christmas show with Strathearn gallery

Christmas show with Gallery Heinzel

Christmas show with Lemond Gallery

Edinburgh Christmas show with Lemond

Christmas show with Ballater gallery

2018

Two person show with Roseanne barr at Lemond Gallery

Arteries Gallery Glasgow Art Fair

Arteries gallery Summer Show

Strathearn Gallery Summer show

Six of the Best Exhibition at Lemond Gallery

Mixed show at he Biscuit Factory Newcastle

The Affordable art fair London, Battersea, with Eton Contemporary

Thompsons gallery London mixed autumn show

Aberdeen art Fair with Arteries gallery

Christmas show with Arteries gallery

Christmas show with Strathearn gallery

Christmas show with Gallery Heinzel

Christmas show with Lemond Gallery

2017

Chelsea Art Fair with Eton Contemporary

Bristol Art Fair, Eton Contemporary

By Distinction art Byres Road, Mixed Summer show

Two person show with Colin Povey at Lemond Gallery

Arteries gallery Summer Show

Strathearn Gallery Summer show

The Affordable art fair London, Hampstead, with Eton Contemporary

Six of the Best Exhibition at Lemond Gallery, with

Jack Morrocco DA FRSA, Pam Carter DA, Helen Turner PAI PPAI, Scott Naismith, Angela Reilly

The Affordable art fair London, Battersea, with Eton Contemporary

Edinburgh Art Fair, with Eton Contemporary

Christmas show with Arteries gallery

Christmas show with Strathearn gallery

RGI 154th Annual Exhibition in the Mitchell library

Christmas show with Gallery Heinzel

Christmas show with Lemond Gallery

Solo show at Eton Contemporary

2016

Chelsea Art Fair with Eton Contemporary

Glasgow art fair 2016 with Eton Contemporary

Bristol Art Fair, Eton Contemporary

By Distinction art Byres Road, Mixed Summer show

Arteries gallery, Joint show with Alison McWhirter

The Affordable art fair London, Hampstead, with Eton Contemporary

The Affordable art fair London, Battersea, with Eton Contemporary

2015

Chelsea Art Fair with Eton Contemporary

20/21 show Royal College of art London with Eton Contemporary

Bristol Art Fair, Eton Contemporary

Gallery Heinzel Aberdeen, Group show

By Distinction art Byres Road, Mixed Summer show

Red Rag Gallery mixed summer show

Arteries gallery, mixed summer show

The Affordable art fair London, Hampstead, with Eton Contemporary

The Affordable art fair London, Battersea, with Eton Contemporary

2014

The Caledonian Show, Eton Contemporary

Chelsea Art Fair with Eton Contemporary

20/21 show Royal College of art London with Eton Contemporary

Blackheath Gallery London, mixed spring show

Bristol Art Fair, Eton Contemporary

Gallery Heinzel Aberdeen, mixed summer show

By Distinction art Byres Road, Mixed Summer show

Red Rag Gallery mixed summer show

Arteries gallery, mixed summer show

Arteries gallery, Joint show with Georgina s. McMaster

The Affordable art fair London, Hampstead, with Eton Contemporary

Medici Gallery, Cork Street London, Joint show with Burraway and Simmons

The Affordable art fair London, Battersea, with Eton Contemporary

The Edinburgh Art Fair, with Eton Contemporary

Gallery Heinzel Aberdeen, Winter show

Medici Gallery, Cork Street London, Scottish Exhibition

By Distinction art Byres Road, Winter show

Arteries gallery, Winter Show

2013

The Caledonian Show, Eton Contemporary

Chelsea Art Fair with Eton Contemporary

20/21 show Royal College of art London with Eton Contemporary

Blackheath Gallery London, mixed spring show

Bristol Art Fair, Eton Contemporary

Gallery Heinzel Aberdeen, mixed summer show

Red Rag Gallery mixed summer show

Arteries gallery, mixed summer show

The Affordable art fair London, Hampstead, with Eton Contemporary

2012

The Caledonian Show, Eton Contemporary

Solo show with, Eton Contemporary

Bristol Art Fair, Eton Contemporary

RGI 151th Annual Exhibition,Royal Glasgow Institute of The Fine Arts, Mabel Mackinley award

Joint show, Gallery Heinzel Aberdeen

Chelsea Art Fair with Eton Contemporary

20/21 show Royal College of art London with Eton Contemporary

The Biscuit factory Newcastle joint show

Arteries gallery Glasgow Joint show

Red Rag Gallery mixed summer show

Gallery Heinzel Aberdeen, winter show

The Affordable art fair London, Battersea, with Eton Contemporary

The Affordable art fair London, Hampstead, with Eton Contemporary

The Edinburgh Art Fair, with Eton Contemporary

John Green Winter show

2011

The Caledonian Show, Eton Contemporary

Bristol Art Fair

Solo show with Arteries Gallery Glasgow

John Green Summer show

Solo show with Sail Gallery Ireland

British art Fair, Royal College of art London, Duncan Miller Fine Art

RGI 150th Annual Exhibition, Royal Glasgow Institute of The Fine Arts

The Affordable art fair London, Battersea, with Eton Contemporary

The Affordable art fair London, Hampstead, with Eton Contemporary

The Edinburgh Art Fair, with Eton Contemporary

Christmas show Arteries gallery

Christmas show John Green fine art gallery

Christmas show Red Rag Gallery 

2010

Hawke and Hunter spring exhibition Edinburgh

122nd Annual Paisley Art Institute exhibition

Glasgow art fair with John Green John Green

spring show Arteries spring show James Walter Gallery,

spring show The Contemporary Fine Art Gallery Eton,

spring show Art by Distinction

spring show Aspect prize 2010

The Contemporary Fine Art Gallery Eton July exhibition with George Callaghan and John Bathgate

Art by Distinction, Croftamie, July show with Jimmy Cosgrove Glasgow Art Club summer show

John Green summer show

East Ayrshire art open, Eglington Irvine

The Affordable art Fair London Battersea with Eton Contemporary RGI 149th Annual Exhibition, Royal Glasgow Institute of The Fine Arts

The Edinburgh art fair, with Eton Contemporary

2009

Glasgow Art Club, spring exhibition

The Gallery Troon, spring exhibition

Glasgow Art Fair, with John Green gallery

121st Annual Paisley Art Institute exhibition

John Green summer Exhibition

Art in the city, summer exhibition

Aspect Prize, Paisley

East Ayrshire open art exhibition, 1st place award

Glasgow art club, Fellowship award group exhibition

Arteries Gallery Joint exhibition with Georgina McMaster

John Green Autumn show

The Affordable Art Fair Battersea Park London, with The Contemporary Fine Art Gallery Eton

RGI 148th Annual Exhibition, Royal Glasgow Institute of The Fine Arts, Winner of City of Glasgow prize Paisley Art Institute

2009 drawing competition

Art by Distinction, Croftamie, joint show with sculptor Andy Scott

Edinburgh art fair, with The Contemporary Fine Art Gallery Eton James Walter Gallery, Christmas show

Arteries Christmas show, John Green Christmas show

2008

Kilnn opening exhibition, with Alex Salmond

John Green, Glasgow art fair

Arteries gallery, Glasgow show

Art de caf, group show with Peter Howson and Frank Mcfadden Aspect Prize, Paisley

Art Forum, Milngavie

John Green Summer Show

Tullamore heritage centre Ireland

Arteries Gallery, secc

Seagull gallery summer show,

RGI 147th Annual Exhibition, Royal Glasgow Institute of The Fine Arts, Winner of the Fellowship award for Glasgow Art Club

John Green, winter show

Arteries winter show

2007

Art Exposure, the MacRoberts open

Brave art Exhibition, Oban

Arteries gallery, Glasgow show

John Green, Glasgow Art Fair

Art Exposure, Newcastle Art Fair

Art Exposure summer show

John Green, summer show

Arteries gallery, summer show

Brave art Exhibition, Glen Eagles Golf Course

RSMA Royal Society of Marine Artists annual exhibition, The Mall Galleries London

RGI 146th Annual Exhibition, Royal Glasgow Institute of The Fine Arts, Winner of The David Cargill Award

John Green, winter show Arteries winter show

2006

Third Step Gallery, St Andrews Day Exhibition

Off the wall gallery, Joint Exhibition with Craig Campbell

Third Step Gallery, group Exhibition

2005

Third Step Gallery ‘Six in the City’

Group Exhibtion with Peter Howson

2004

The Vennel Gallery Solo show

Scottish National Portrait Gallery ‘Scottish Women’

Arteries, summer show

Arteries, Christmas show

2003

The Glasgow Room, group exhibition with Peter Howson

2002

Gallery Ten Solo show 

2001

Glasgow School of art Degree show

Art Exposure summer show