Lives and works in Thirroul, NSW
\ 2018 Wynne Prize Finalist - Highly Commended
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.
22 October 2019
Congratulations to Paul Ryan for his selection as a finalist in the 2019 Moran National Portrait Prize.
He was one of 30 finalists, selected from a pool of 139 semi-finalists.
\ Exhibitions featuring Paul Ryan
10 September — 15 September 2019
Paul Ryan & James Drinkwater
13 June — 29 June 2019
21 February — 9 March 2019
6 December 2017 — 20 January 2018
26 October — 11 November 2017