Paul Ryan

\ 2018 Wynne Prize Finalist - Highly Commended

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.

Paul Ryan - Wild Colonial Boy from Sean O'Brien on Vimeo.

\ Artworks

Aliens 1

2017 \ Oil on found object \ 51x95cm


Blue Boy II

2016 \ Oil on linen \ 102 x 102cm

Captain "Cook" Meth Coast

2017 \ Oil on linen \ 122 x 122cm

Cook and Boxers

2017 \ Oil on linen \ 138x123cm

Cook and Hounds II

2016 \ Finalist, 2017 Mosman Art Prize \ Oil on linen \ 138x122cm

Dandy and Hounds Pink Lipstick

2017 \ Oil on linen \ 137 x 122cm

Full Moon Colonial

2017 \ Oil on found object \ 66x94cm

Ping Pong Summer 3

2019 \ Oil on found object \ 27.5 x 16.5 x 2.5cm

Ping Pong Summer 5

2019 \ Oil on found object \ 25.5 x 15.5x2cm

Ping Pong Summer 7

2019 \ Oil on found object \ 25.5x15.5x2cm

Ping Pong Summer 8

2019 \ Oil on found object \ 27 x 16 x 2cm

Red Coat and Hound

2017 \ Oil on linen \ 138x122cm


Rosella Coledale

2015 \ Oil on linen \ 81 x 71cm

Tahiti Revisited (After William Hodges)

2019 \ Oil on linen \ 200 x 320cm

The Colonies, Pink Girl

2017 \ Oil on linen \ 153x153cm

Walking cook

2016 \ Oil on board \ 110x120cm


Winter Sun study 2

Oil on linen \ 71x82cm

\ News


Congratulations to 2019 Archibald Finalists—Jun Chen, Luke Cornish, Jonathan Dalton and Paul Ryan

2 May 2019

Four Nanda\Hobbs artists have been selected for the 2019 Archibald Prize—Jun Chen, Luke Cornish, Jonathan Dalton, Paul Ryan with Jun Chen and Paul Ryan both doubling up. Jun Chen is also a Wynne Prize finalist and Paul Ryan is in the Sulman Prize.

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\ Exhibitions featuring Paul Ryan


Group Exhibition

10 September — 15 September 2019

Postcards From Twin Peaks

Paul Ryan & James Drinkwater

13 June — 29 June 2019

Landscape Obscura

Group Exhibition

21 February — 9 March 2019

Summer Exhibition

Group Exhibition

6 December 2017 — 20 January 2018

Paul Ryan

The Colonies

26 October — 11 November 2017

Contact Us

to find out more about Paul Ryan.

12 - 14 Meagher Street Chippendale, NSW 2008
Opening Hours
9am - 5pm Monday to Friday 11am - 4pm Saturday The gallery will be OPEN on Sunday 15 September during Sydney Contemporary 11am - 4pm