Born in Bristol in 1959, Ian Cryer has painted professionally since he was 16 years old when he had his first one man show. Without any formal education in fine art Ian took work in order to attend evening classes, tutored by Leonard Boden RP, he developed and honed his skills as a painter. Now forty years on Ian, having been vice president of the ROI (Royal Institute of Oil Painters) for the past five years, is about to commence his role as its president.

Exmoor has drawn in some of the finest British painters of the 20th century; Alfred Munnings, Cecil Aldin, Lionel Edwards and Alexander Carruthers Gould were all seduced by its wild and rugged landscape and the unique people who inhabit the moor. Influenced by their free impressionist approach, Ian is following in the tradition of some of the most influential painters of British Modernism. They, like Ian worked directly from the subject, ‘en plein air’, focussed on depiction of contemporary life the work is imbued with a strong sense of time and place. This direct observation renders the artist inherently as much a part of the painting as the subject he paints, empathising with every rain soaked pony and sun scourged rock. Ian has an expressionist style; he is able to daub shades of colour into foreboding skies and with shafts of light creating an immediacy demanding the viewer share the atmosphere.

A Year on Exmoor rolls out Ian’s talent as an artist as he documents its ancient unchanged landscapes and coasts to the man made world which has carved its own mark; chugging in by steam train. Homesteads under thatch, wattle and daub and woven into its moors and marshes to the people who inhabit them; ever-changing yet recognisable. Like the Cornish painters of Newlyn, Ian has painted this dramatic area by submerging himself in its people, traditions, and landscapes. His sensitive observations and bold confident style underpinned by an unerring integrity to his trade make his work and this show exciting and relevant.

“Exmoor is a tremendous subject, I remember as a child a painting of the Packhorse Bridge in Allerford my parents bought on holiday hanging on the wall at home, now I have painted this distinctive landmark along with many more.. I have loved every minute”

C1748 River Barle at Tarr Steps
C1748 River Barle at Tarr Steps
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C1744 Stream by the Moor
C1744 Stream by the Moor
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C1740 Towards Minehead from Watchet
C1740 Towards Minehead from Watchet
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C1729 The Royal Oak at Winsford
C1729 The Royal Oak at Winsford
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C1727 Allerford Bridge and Cottage
C1727 Allerford Bridge and Cottage
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C1725 Mr Terry Green at Bittescombe Manor
C1725 Mr Terry Green at Bittescombe Manor
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C1722 Riverside Trees at Tarr Steps
C1722 Riverside Trees at Tarr Steps
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C1715 Exmoor Track
C1715 Exmoor Track
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C1714 The Tree Swing
C1714 The Tree Swing
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C1713 Looking up River, Evening, Lynmouth
C1713 Looking up River, Evening, Lynmouth
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C1712 Morning Light Lynmouth
C1712 Morning Light Lynmouth
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C1704 Minehead Railway Station
C1704 Minehead Railway Station
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C1702 Dunster Pack Horse Bridge
C1702 Dunster Pack Horse Bridge
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C1700 Pack Horse Bridge Dunster
C1700 Pack Horse Bridge Dunster
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C1697 Amusments, Minehead
C1697 Amusments, Minehead
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C1696 Cottage at Selworthy
C1696 Cottage at Selworthy
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C1692 Cleve Abbey
C1692 Cleve Abbey
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C1685 Snowscene with Birdtable, Exford
C1685 Snowscene with Birdtable, Exford
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