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House Sparrow

When I saw this abandoned thatched cottage in County Mayo I knew straight away I had to paint it. Through the broken windows the dishes still stood on the old dresser as they had been left ten years previously. I was fascinated by the textures of the decaying thatch and wood, the peeling paint and plasterwork, and the chicken wire. Just then a chirruping male house sparrow alighted on the thatch wire, soon flitting away after his companion. The silence returned.


HOUSE SPARROW, acrylic, 68 x 91 cm (27" x 36")

© Fergus A Ryan, 2002

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abandoned cottage sparrow County Mayo Ireland by Irish artists Fergus A Ryan

Available as signed print