Michael Ryan arrived with his family
in New Zealand in 1971 from Sussex UK, to take over the sign
department of the then, Claude Neon Ltd.
After 5 years with that company he spent
the rest of his 25 years in Auckland setting up two other
company sign and pattern shops, eventually retiring to Ohakune
His painting and sculpture mainly date
from his earlier years in NZ, but he still carries on with
this together with furniture design and making, albeit in a
more reduced output at he present time.
He uses as much recycled material in his
pieces as possible, looking towards nature for its endless
supply of inspiration and beauty. He is also interested in
utilising modern materials in his work and spends some time in
foraging for them.
Being retired he is happy to indulge
his own whims and fancies and finds this era of his life to be
most enjoyable and