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

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

Red Coat and Hound

2017 \ Oil on linen \ 138x122cm


Walking cook

2016 \ Oil on board \ 110x120cm


Winter Sun study 2

Oil on linen \ 71x82cm

\ News

NH Event

We have moved to Chippendale

25 September 2017

Nanda\Hobbs has moved to the thriving arts precinct of Chippendale, just 2km south of the the CBD. Located in a fantastic warehouse at 12 - 14 Meagher Street, the building is a minute's stroll from White Rabbit Gallery and Central Park.

Our busy exhibition schedule and events will be bigger and better in our spectacular new space. Join us for opening nights or call in through the day to enjoy the work without the crowds.

We will now be open on Saturdays, 11am - 4pm and Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm.



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\ Exhibitions featuring Paul Ryan

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