Saint Andrew

Oil on Canvas, 30 x 40in, 2019

This original oil painting depicts Saint Andrew, holding his fishing nets and a volume of scripture. The colors chosen, and the thistle pinned to his shirt symbolize him being the Patron Saint of Scotland.

Saint Andrew, often referred to as Andrew the Apostle, was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. He is considered an important figure in Christianity and holds a prominent place in the New Testament of the Bible. Andrew’s life is primarily known through biblical accounts. According to the Gospels, he was originally a fisherman from Galilee, along with his brother Simon Peter, who also became an apostle. Andrew was among the first disciples called by Jesus and is recognized as the one who introduced his brother to Jesus. Following Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, Andrew became an influential missionary, preaching the teachings of Christ and establishing churches in various parts of the ancient world. He is also believed to have been martyred by crucifixion in the city of Patras in Greece, where he is considered the patron saint. Saint Andrew is remembered for his faith, dedication, and his pivotal role in spreading the message of Christianity.

This painting was Ryan’s first commission from Europe and now resides in a private collection in Scotland

“I cannot express the emotions that go through your head when someone from the other side of the world contacts you to commission a work, let alone a commission for two. This painting was the first original painting commissioned from outside the US, a milestone for my career.”

-Ryan Flynn