ernest ruckle Deacon of Waterford
Deacon of Waterford 1992

Garter lane Arts Centre, Thursday 18th to 27th Oct 2018.
Ernest Ruckle Retrospective Exhibition

This year the Waterford Imagine festival celebrates the life and art of the late American artist Ernest Ruckle (1940 – 2018).

Exhibition Launch: October 18th at 7:00pm as part of the 2018 Imagine Arts Festival

Exhibition Dates: Thursday Oct 18th to 27th

Opening Times: Tuesday – 11:00am to 9:00pm and Wednesday to Saturday – 11:00am to 5:00pm

Admission: Free

Born in Neptune, New Jersey, Ruckle became a fulltime artist in 1963. In his meticulously painted artworks – created outside the mainstream of contemporary art “movements” – Ruckle uses humour and satire to highlight the absurdities of human society. His deep knowledge and love of literature and science is also evident in the playful and complex nature of his works.

Ernest Ruckle arrived in Waterford in 1986 and choose to make the city his permanent home for the next 32 years. During this time he not only painted some of his most important works but also interacted with the rapidly developing local art scene of the ‘80s and’90s in a number of crucial areas such as visual art, theatre, printed material, and collaborations with local artists.  The exhibition “Meeting Mr Ruckle” will include original artworks, photographs, and a range of media to highlight Ernest Ruckle’s artistic impact and lasting contribution to the culture of Waterford.

Thick and Thin Ernest Ruckle small2
Thick and Thin 1977

To view more of Ernest’s work go to

Garter Lane Arts Centre, 5 O’Connell Street, Waterford.

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