Thomas Ryan PPRHA
Thomas Ryan was born Limerick in 1929 and educated in the Christian Brothers School, Limerick; the School of Art, Limerick; the National College of Art & Design, Dublin under Seán Keating and Maurice MacGonigal. He is married to Mary Joyce and has four sons and two daughters. He is an established artist whose work hangs in major collections. He was the designer of one pound coin and Millennium fifty pence. He was President of Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts from 1982 to 1992 and Chairman of the RHA Trust, an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy, London and Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Governor of the National Gallery of Ireland, 1979-1982, President of the United Arts Club, Dublin, President of the Limerick Art Society; Associate of the National College of Art & Design, Council Member of the Watercolour Society of Ireland, Board Member of the Stamp Design Committee for An Post, Founder Member of the European Council of National Academies of Fine Art (Madrid), Member of Council “The British School at Rome”, Council Member of “The British Institution”, London 1983-1993, Knight of the Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem, Knight Commander of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, Member of the Order of Dom Carlos Primera of Portugal and is a Doctor of Letters from the University of Limerick.