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

A Very Aussie Still Life

2019 \ Oil on linen \ 153 x 138cm

Banks and Wattle

2019 \ Oil on linen \ 210 x 190cm


Ghost Trees

2019 \ Oil on linen \ 138 x 122cm

Jayden Rogers, Coledale Boy

2018 \ Oil on linen \ 183x168cm \ Finalist, 2018 Moran Prize

Lamb Chop

2020 \ Oil on canvas \ 41 x 51cm

Meat, After Rembrandt

2018 \ Oil on linen \ 183 x 199cm

New South Swell

2020 \ Oil on linen \ 180 x 250cm

New South Swell

2020 \ Oil on linen \ 180 x 250cm

Ping Pong Summer 4

2019 \ Oil on found obect \ 25.5 x 14.5 x 2cm

Ping Pong Summer 8

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

Red Coat and Hound

2017 \ Oil on linen \ 138x122cm


Tahiti Revisited (After William Hodges)

2019 \ Oil on linen \ 200 x 320cm

The bored colonial

2021 \ Oil on board \ 12.7 x 22.86cm


Umbrella Cockatoo

2020 \ Oil on linen \ 81.5 x 61cm

Winter Sun

2016 \ Oil on linen \ 168 x 183cm


Yeah the boys

2018 \ Oil on linen \ 137x122cm \ Finalist, 2018 Mosman Art Prize

Young Colonial

2012 \ Oil on linen \ 80.5 x 65cm

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\ Exhibitions featuring Paul Ryan

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, 9am - 5pm Saturday, 11am - 4pm COVID Safe Check-in: As part of the Nanda\Hobbs COVID safety plan, all visitors to the gallery must sign in via the Service NSW QR code.