Heartbroken friends honour artist John

Fiona Magennis

Published 30/08/2014 | 00:00

Gifted artist John Ryan

THE area has lost one of its most promising young artists with the sudden death of John Ryan (20) from Mornington. Tributes have been pouring in since news of his death broke on Saturday.

A former student of IADT in Dublin, John was well known for his stunning skills.

John was also a talented photographer, who enjoyed displaying his work on social media site Tumblr and on his official website www.johnryanphotographs.com

He was an avid supporter of The Bridge Jam in Drogheda, an annual event which has been running in the town for more than 20 years.

A video of the prolific artist's work was uploaded to Youtube by friends, showcasing his amazing talents.

More than 30 friends commemorated John at the weekend, creating a wall of art in his honour on Sunday, and hundreds more paid their own tributes to the talented artist, photographer and blogger on social media.

Posting about the tribute event on Facebook, Jim Fuller said: 'We organised a wall today in John's honour, there was a huge turnout with at least 30 people coming out. A testament to how many friends john had and how popular he was. A pleasure to have painted with and known John. A huge loss and inspiration. King CREPT forever.'

Others remembered a much-loved friend and companion: 'I am heartbroken that he is no longer with us. We shared so many great experiences together from painting graffiti and skateboarding to going on adventures and just hanging out. John was such a talented artist and photographer, a huge inspiration to all of us,' said best friend Cormac Dillon.

Another friend added: 'John was idolised and was an inspiration to artists in Drogheda and across the country. RIP to a true legend and may his work live on.'

Local band Huey and the Hobgoblins also paid tribute to the artist, who had helped to transform their caravan recently in preparation for Electric Picnic.

Drogheda Independent

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