Denise Ryan studied at the Limerick School Of Art and had her first solo exhibition in 1973 at the Thomond Gallery Limerick, shortly after graduating. She has lived and worked in the Burren, Co Clare, and this landscape and the Burren shoreline, has been the focus of her work for many years. She recently moved to the Axarquia region of Andalusia, where she continues her work as an artist.
Her paintings are focused on light, and how weather events impact visually on the landscape. Moments of alteration where physical landscape interacts with the elements, and the tangible appears to merge with the intangible.
Denise has had several solo shows, as well as participating in group exhibitions, and many two/ three person shows. Her work is in private collections in Ireland, UK, mainland Europe and Saudi Arabia. Public Collections include, Failte Ireland, Permanent TSB, Clare County Council. and the Health Service Executive
2000 – Solo exhibition, Doswell Gallery, Limerick
2000-2003 – 75 Gallery, Limerick
Mrua Gallery, Ballyvaughan
‘East Meets West’ group show, Monaghan
2004 – 2 person exhibition, Metatron Gallery, Enniskerry, Wicklow
‘Flow of Minds’ invited exhibition, Loughrea, Galway
2 person exhibition, 75 Gallery, Limerick
2005 – Solo exhibition, Waterman Lodge Hotel, Killaloe
2006 – ‘An Boireann’ invited exhibition, Galerie Pomie, Dordogne, France
2 person exhibition, Russell Gallery, New Quay, Co Clare
Christmas exhibition, 75 Gallery, Limerick
2008 – Solo exhibition, Hunt Museum, Limerick
2009 – 2 person exhibition, Russell Gallery, New Quay, Co Clare
2011 – 3 person exhibition, Frank Lewis Gallery, Killarney
2012-2013 – group exhibitions, 75 Gallery, Limerick
2016 — 2 person exhibition, La Galeria, Periana Malaga.
2017 — Museo Ethnografico Riogordo. – Invited exhibition 5 Artists.
Until 2013 Denise worked from her studio in Ballyvaughan. In 2014 she moved to the Axarquia region of Andalucia, Spain, painting full-time at her studio in Pulgarin Alto, near Alfarnatejo.
In 2018 she returned to Clare and currently works from her studio in the East Clare village of Feakle.