Join Paul Ryan and the Nanda\Hobbs team for the opening of South Pacific on Thursday 6 February, 6-8pm.
For a preview tour of the exhibition with the Artist and Gallery Director, Ralph Hobbs—please arrive at 5.30pm, prior to opening.
In South Pacific, Paul Ryan returns to his perennial muse—the sea mist-clad Illawarra Escarpment. The focused protagonist in this exhibition is eminent English naturalist, explorer and botanist, Sir Joseph Banks who joined Captain Cook's 1763 expedition to the Pacific Ocean on HMS Endeavour. In Banks, Ryan matures one of the key thematic tangents of the last decade —the “Dandy”—a post-French Revolution, Baudelaire-inspired idea of a young handsome man, well dressed and somewhat self-absorbed yet thankfully intelligent. Ryan draws on the aesthetics of Dandyism, yet, points to the gravitas of the enormity of Banks’ (self-funded) scientific achievements that were to make him one of the most recognized names in natural history.
9am - 5pm Monday to Friday 11am - 4pm Saturday The gallery will be closed for the Australia Day weekend, including Saturday 25th and Monday 27th January