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

Banks and Wattle

2019 \ Oil on linen \ 210 x 190cm


Coal Coast Jungle

2022 \ Oil on linen \ 102 x 92cm

Land of the Giants, Rosella

2022 \ Oil on linen \ 92 x 102cm

Meat, After Rembrandt

2018 \ Oil on linen \ 183 x 199cm

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

Safe Harbour III

2021 \ Oil on linen \ 102 x 92cm

Yeah the boys

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


landscape with botanist

2020 \ Oil on linen \ 138 x 122cm

\ News


Eight N\H artists selected in the 2022 Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes

6 May 2022

We're thrilled to have eight artists represented this year with ten artworks selected across the three prizes—Jonathan Dalton, Blak Douglas, Kim Leutwyler, Mathew Lynn, James Powditch and Caroline Zilinksky, Lesley Rice and Paul Ryan.

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\ Exhibitions featuring Paul Ryan


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

Contact Us

to find out more about Paul Ryan.

12 - 14 Meagher Street Chippendale, NSW 2008
Opening Hours
Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm Saturday, 11am - 4pm