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 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, five 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


2023 \ Oil stick on cotton rag paper \ F. 59 x 46cm

Coal Coast

2018 \ Oil on linen \ 222 x 232cm

Coledale January south

2023 \ Oil on linen \ 130 x 180cm

Garcon verso

2023 \ Oil on linen \ 138 x 122cm

Landscape After JVR 1

2024 \ Oil on canvas \ 51 x 61cm

Landscape After JVR 2

2024 \ Oil on canvas \ 51 x 61cm

She floated in on a cloud (Ela Vesta Nuvem)

2024 \ Oil on linen \ 200 x 330cm

Skull and Camp Fire

2023 \ Oil stick on cotton rag paper, framed \ F. 59 x 46cm

Standing Wave and Tree

2023 \ Oil stick on cotton rag paper \ F. 59 x 46cm

\ News

NH Event


13 December 2022

In this collection are available artworks from this year’s solo gallery program; some that were not released at the time—all great examples from our talented stable.

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\ Exhibitions featuring Paul Ryan


Group Exhibition

13 July — 20 July 2024

Paul Ryan

Le Capitaine

8 February — 24 February 2024

Landscape and Memory

Group Exhibition

2 September — 23 September 2023

Paul Ryan


18 October — 5 November 2022


Group Exhibition

14 August — 28 August 2021

Paul Ryan

South by Southwest

22 June — 10 July 2021

9 x 5"

Group Exhibition

22 January — 6 February 2021


Group Exhibition

21 January — 6 February 2021

Paul Ryan

South Pacific

6 February — 22 February 2020


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

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12 - 14 Meagher Street Chippendale, NSW 2008
Opening Hours
Monday to Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm Saturday, 11am - 4pm Closed Public Holidays (and Easter Saturday)