Paul Ryan


1964, Auckland
Lives and works in Thirroul, NSW

Artist's CV

Paul Ryan’s powerful swaths of colour and texture on canvas, coupled with compositional brilliance has seen him become one of the most sought after contemporary painters in the country. 

Ryan has an intrinsic love of the landscape. He is willing to discuss in paint uncomfortable moments in our shared history as part of the process of developing a stronger society.  His evocative technique has influenced a generation of artists. He is an artist who never shies away from experimentation in his practice. In 2015 a multi-panelled portrait of actor Noah Taylor cemented his place as an agent provocateur in Australian painting. The inclusion of this is work in that year's Archibald Prize marked a shift in the methodology of judging Australia's leading portrait prize. He has been a finalist 13 times in the coveted Archibald Prize, four times in the Wynne and six times in the Sulman Prize. 

He has been a finalist in several other art prizes and is represented in many important public collections including: Mosman Art Gallery, Wollongong Regional Art Gallery, Wollongong University Collection, Artbank, Manly Art Gallery, Lismore Regional Gallery, Geelong Regional Gallery and numerous Australian private collections.

\ Artworks

Aliens 1

2017 \ Oil on found object \ 51x95cm


2016 \ Oil on linen \ 120x110cm


Arrival Green Wave

2017 \ Oil on linen \ 138x138cm

Green Parrot

Oil on found object \ 75x37cm

I think we're fucked Toto

2016 \ oil on linen \ 120x120cm


Landscape Spring Sprung

2016 \ oil on canvas \ 153x168cm


Red Coat and Hound

2017 \ Oil on linen \ 138x122cm

The Last Illawarra Sand Dunes

2016 \ Oil on linen \ 96x96cm


Walking cook

2016 \ Oil on board \ 110x120cm


Winter Sun study 1

Oil on linen \ 71x82cm


Winter Sun study 2

Oil on linen \ 71x82cm

Winter in the Colonies

2017 \ Oil on found object \ 65x95cm

\ News

NH Event

We are moving to Chippendale

25 September 2017

Nanda\Hobbs is moving to a beautiful new gallery space in Chippendale in late October. Located at 12 - 14 Meagher Street, the building is a minute's stroll from White Rabbit Gallery and Central Park.

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\ Exhibitions featuring Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan

The Colonies

26 October — 11 November 2017

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