Biography - Kathryn Ryan

Biography

Artist Talk at Flinders Lane Gallery 2016

Video : Artist Interview , September 2015 by Jack Wilkins.

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I am a professional artist based in Australia.

In January 2015 I returned to Australia after being based in the UAE over the past 3-7 years, with the last 3 years in Dubai.

I have been exhibiting and working as a fulltime artist for over 25 years.

I am represented by Flinders LAne Gallery , Melbourne & Olsen Irwin Gallery, Sydney. In the UAE I have been exhibiting with No White Walls in Abu Dhabi and Capsule Arts  in Dubai.

In 2015 The Warrnambool Art Gallery held a major 20 year Survey Show of my work : A Quiet Place: Paintings & Drawings 1995 - 2015

My work has been purchased by major public, corporate and private collections in Australia & internationally and I have been a finalist in numerous prestigious art prizes for over 25 years including the Wynne Prize for Landscape at AGNSW 2000/ 2004/ 2007

My artwork is inspired by the quality of light, mood and atmosphere in the landscapes and environment around me. For many years I have made artworks responding to the South West Victorian landscapes which are so familiar to me, capturing the wintery conditions and quality of light, evoking a calm and contemplative space. My oil paintings are built up in meticulous layers of paint & glazes over many months to achieve a depth and luminosity, harmony & balance.

My art practice underwent a shift in focus during the years I lived in Abu Dhabi ( 2008-2010) & Dubai,  (2011-2014.) In those years, the focus of my practice changed from vast views of the landscape to the intimate details of nature, light & shadow, responding to the new environment I found myself in.

With intense observation of the dramatic play of light and fall of shadows, a new series of paintings and charcoals revealed the organic and sensual nature of plants, taking the detail out of its everyday existence and highlighting the qualities of light, mystery and mood. Both the charcoal works and paintings are continually layered, rubbed back and reworked.

Returning to Australia in January 2015, I feel I have fresh eyes to see and appreciate everything anew. My viewpoint and focus have been influenced by my years in the UAE to notice all the detail, the way the light falls, the shape and form of nature’s details as well as taking in the overall effect of a vast landscape. Finally back in amongst nature and the landscape, the weather and seasons…. and long studio hours !

Kathryn Ryan 

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Education:

1989: Honors Degree of Fine Art, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

1984-1986  Bachelor of Fine Art: Painting, Warrnambool Institute of Advanced Education 

Solo Exhibitions:

2017 : Shifting Light,  Olsen Gallery, Sydney

2016 :  New Works , Olsen Irwin Works on Paper , Sydney

2016 : New Works, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne

2015 : New Works, Olsen Irwin Works on Paper Gallery, Sydney

2015 : A Quiet Place, Paintings & Drawings 1995-2015 Warrnambool Art Gallery

2013: Shadow & Light, Flinders Lane Gallery Melbourne

2012 : New Paintings, Tim Olsen Gallery , Sydney

2011 : Winter Landscapes, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne

2010: New Paintings, Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney

2009: New Paintings, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne

2008: Recent Paintings, Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney

2007: The Pines, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne

2005: The South West, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne

2003: Panmure Paddocks, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne

2001: A Quiet Place, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne

1999: Works on Paper, The Continental, Melbourne

1996: Paintings, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne


Awards/Prizes:

The Wynne Prize AGNSW : Finalist 2007, 2004, 2000

Salon des Refuses, Wynne : 2017,  2016, 2001, 1996, 1995

Paul Guest Drawing Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery, : Finalist 2016

Geelong Contemporary Art Prize: Finalist 2012

John Leslie Art Prize for Landscape: Finalist 2012

Fleurieu Art Prize: Finalist 2011

Tattersall’s Club Art Prize for Landscape: Finalist : 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011

The Kings School Art Prize , Sydney: Finalist  2017 

The Alice Prize: Finalist 2001, 1999, 1998, 1997

The Hutchins Art Prize: Finalist 2001, 1999, 1998, 1997

Conrad Jupiter Art Prize: Finalist 1997, 1996

Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award: Finalist 1998 ACQUIRED,

Swan Hill National Print & Drawing Award: Finalist 2000, 1992

Nillumbuk Art Award: Finalist 1995

Artworkz/BP Art Award: Finalist 1992, 1991, 1990 ACQUIRED

Diamond Valley Art Award : Finalist 1990, 1989, 1988

2011: Art Book : New Romantics, Darkness and Light in Australian Art, Simon Gregg, Australian Scholarly Publishing, pp 8,10, 136-141, 145, 151, 230


Collections:

Parliament House Collection, Canberra.

Australian Catholic Universities Collection.

RACV Collection

Warrnambool Regional Art Gallery

Artbank

Deakin University VIC

BP Australia

Grafton Regional Art Gallery, NSW

Macquarie Group Collection

Lowenstein Sharp

Private Collections in Aus, UK, HK, UAE, Finland, Singapore


Group Exhibitions :

2017 : The Tattersalls Art Prize , Brisbane

2017: Salon des Refuses Wynne, SH Ervin Gallery Sydney

2017 : The Kings School Art Prize, Sydney

2016 : Salon des Refuses Wynne, SH Ervin Gallery , Sydney & Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

2016 : Paul Guest Drawing Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery

2016 : Tattersalls Landscape Prize, Brisbane QLD

2016: Regroup : The Artery, Warrnambool & The Alfred Deakin Prime Ministerial Library , Geelong

2015 :Mail Art Project, Oppland Kunstsenter, Lillehammer, Norway

2015 : Biblio Art Award, Blarney books & Art, Port Fairy

2014 : Tattersall's Landscape Prize, Brisbane ,QLD

2014 : 25th Anniversary Show, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

2014: No White Walls, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi, UAE

2014: ART SOUK, Etihad Modern Gallery, Abu Dhabi, UAE

2014: Australia Unlimited MENA, by Australian Embassy, Conrad Hotel Dubai ,UAE

2014: Ras Al Khaimh Fine Arts Festival, RAK National Museum &Banyan Tree Al Wadi Resort, UAE

2014: The Portrait Show, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne

2014: The Tattersalls Club Prize for Landscape, Brisbane QLD (invited)

2013: No White Walls, The Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi, UAE

2013: The Tattersall’s Club Landscape Art Prize, Brisbane QLD

2013: Australian Art Month, Art Hub, Abu Dhabi, UAE

2012: The Geelong Contemporary Art Prize, Geelong Art Gallery, VIC

2012: The John Leslie Art Prize for Landscape, Gippsland Art Gallery Sale VIC

2012: Artist’s Books: The Fairmont, Abu Dhabi, UAE

2011: The Fleurieu Art Prize for Landscape, South Australia

2011: The Tattersall’s Club Landscape Art Prize, Brisbane QLD

2011: New Romantics: Darkness & Light in Australian Art, Gippsland Regional Art Gallery, Book Launch

2009: The Australian Landscape, Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney

2008: Summer Show, Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney

2008: Here & Now, Flinders Lane Gallery Melbourne, inc Catalogue

2008: 2x2 Show, Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney

2008: Contemporaneous: Australian Contemporary Painting 1, Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery VIC

2008: The View from Here III, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne

2007: The Wynne Prize for Landscape, Art Gallery of NSW

2007: Summer Show, Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney

2007: The View from Here II, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne

2006: Melbourne Contemporary Art Fair, Flinders Lane Gallery,

2006: The View from Here, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne

2005: Works for Windows, St Kilda Festival, VIC

2005: Survey, Warrnambool Regional Art Gallery, VIC

2005: Treasures, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne

2004: The Wynne Prize for Landscape, Art Gallery of NSW

2004: Melbourne Contemporary Art Fair, Flinders Lane Gallery

2003: Treasures, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne

2003: Bowling Club Studios, Metropolis Gallery, St Kilda VIC

2003: Inaugural Exhibition, Wishart Gallery, Port Fairy, VIC

2002: St Kilda Salon, Metropolis Gallery, St Kilda VIC

2002: Melbourne Contemporary Art Fair, Flinders Lane Gallery

2002: Treasures, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne

2001: The Alice Prize, Araluen Centre for Arts, Alice Springs N.T.

2001: Salon des Refuses, Wynne Prize Selection, S.H.Erwin Gallery, Sydney

2001: The Hutchins Art Prize, Hobart

2001: Opening Show, Landau Gallery, Melbourne

2000: Exploration, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne

2000: The Wynne Prize for Landscape, Art Gallery of NSW

2000: Swan Hill National Print & Drawing Acquisitive Award, Swan Hill Regional Gallery

2000: Serene, Metropolis Gallery, Melbourne

2000: Best of Metropolis Gallery, Metropolis Gallery, Melbourne

2000: The Post Card Show, Linden Gallery, Melbourne

2000: Artists of the Bowling Club Studios, Alliance Francais Gallery, Melbourne

2000: Group Show, The Continental, Melbourne

1999: The 30th Alice Prize, Araluen Centre for Arts, Alice Springs NT

1999: The Hutchins Art Prize, Hobart

1999: The Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award, touring NSW & QLD

1999: Landscape, Metropolis Gallery, Melbourne

1999: Salon Show, Metropolis Gallery, Melbourne

1999: Small Works, Metropolis Gallery, Melbourne

1999: Works for Windows, St Kilda Festival, Melbourne

1999: The Post Card Show, Linden Gallery, Melbourne

1998: The 29th Alice Prize, Araluen Centre for Arts, Alice Springs NT 

1998: The Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award, ACQUIRED , Grafton Regional Gallery NSW & Touring

1998: The Hutchins Art Prize, The Long Gallery, Hobart

1998: The Post Card Show, Linden Gallery, Melbourne

1997: Conrad Jupiter Art Prize, Gold Coast Arts Centre, QLD

1997: The 28th Alice Prize, Araluen Centre for Arts, Alice Springs NT

1997: The Hutchins Art Prize, The Long Gallery, Hobart

1997: Works for Windows, St Kilda Festival, Melbourne

1996: Salon des Refuses, Wynne Prize Selection, S.H.Erwin Gallery, Sydney

1996: Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award, Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW

1996: Conrad Jupiter Art Prize, Gold Coast Arts Centre, QLD

1996: Abstraction/Reaction, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne

1995: Salon des Refuses, The Wynne Prize Selection , S.H.Erwin Gallery, Sydney

1995: Nillumbuk Art Award, Eltham Arts Centre, Melbourne

1995: The Post Card Show, Linden Gallery, Melbourne

1995: The Festival of St Kilda, Garry Mc Ewan Gallery, Melbourne

1994: Six Melbourne Artists, Volartile Contemporary Gallery, Geelong

1993: Posthead, Ether Ohnetitel Gallery, Melbourne

1993: The Post Card Show, Linden Gallery, Melbourne

1993: Contemporary Art Auction, Ether Ohnentitel Gallery, Melbourne

1992: Swan Hill Print & Drawing Prize, Swan Hill Regional Gallery, VIC

1992: Artworkz 4, 101 Collins St. Gallery, Melbourne

1992: The Post Card Show, Linden Gallery, Melbourne

1991: Artworkz 3, The BP Australia Acquisitive Prize, Caulfield Arts Complex, Melbourne

1990: Artworkz 2, The BP Australia Acquisitive Prize, ACQUIRED, South Melbourne Town Hall

1990: Diamond Valley Art Award, Diamond Valley Civic Centre, Melbourne

1990: St Kilda Festival Acquisition Exhibition, Linden Gallery, Melbourne

1989: National Student Art Prize, Mitchell College, Bathurst NSW 

1989: Diamond Valley Art Award, Diamond Valley Civic Centre, Melbourne

1989: Fine Art Honors Show, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne

1988: Diamond Valley Art Award, Diamond Valley Civic Centre, Melbourne

1988: Castlemaine State Festival Drawing Prize, Castlemaine Art Gallery, VIC

1986: National Student Art Prize, Mitchell College, Bathurst, NSW

1986: The Art of Women, Warrnambool Performing Arts Centre, VIC

1986: B.A. Graduate Show, Warrnambool Art Gallery, VIC

2010: Inspiring Alumni Inductee, Emmanuel College Warrnambool


Selected Bibliography

2013: ABC South West Radio Interview, By Jeremy Lee 8 March 2013

2011: Gregg, Simon, New Romantics, Darkness and Light in Australian Art, Australian Scholarly Publishing, pp8,10,136-141,145,151,230

2011: Stirring a Sleeping Beauty, New Romantics, Darkness and Light in Australian Art, The Saturday Age, October 15, p. 24-25 Illustrated Panmure Cypress 2005

2011: Kathryn Ryan, Winter Landscapes, Flinders Lane Gallery, The Melbourne Magazine, issue no. 81, p. 64, Penny Webb

2011: Kathryn Seduced by Winter Wonders, Flinders Lane Gallery, The Warranmbool Standard,July 15 illustarted States of Grace no. 12

2011: Expat Women Abu Dhabi: Expat Story: Kathryn Ryan June 2011

2010: Kathryn Ryan, Exhibitions, Tim Olsen Gallery, The Australian, August 2010, Bridget Cormack

2008: Kathryn Ryan, Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney Morning Herald, June7-8, Spectrum, John Mc Donald

2008: Crawford Ashley, Here and Now exhibition catalogue, pp 28-32

2008: Kathryn Ryan eminent artist returns home to Emmanuel College, College Connection, p. 5 October 2008 Illustrated installation Tim Olsen Gallery exhibition 2008

2007: Kathryn Ryan, Flinders Lane Gallery, Arts & Culture, The Age, Robert Nelson June 20 p. 19 illustrated View to Mt Emu Creek, 2007

2007: Kathryn Ryan, Flinders Lane Gallery, The Weekend, The Age, June 22 p. 2 illustrated The Out Paddock, 2007

2007: Artists Work Well Received, Kathryn Ryan, Flinders Lane Gallery, The Warrnambool Standard August 5th, 2007 illustrated Three Chain Road, 2007

2005: Kathryn Ryan, The South West, Flinders Lane Gallery, Critics Choice, Jeff Makin, Herald Sun Aug 29, p. 91

2004: Poets Corner, Australian Art Review, Jul/Oct 2004, Luke Daviesp. 11

2004: The Standard, Warrnambool Art Gallery new acquisitions Feb. 3, p.7, image ‘Winter Farm’ & Wishart Galleryp.13

2003: Art & Australia, Kathryn Ryan @ Flinders Lane Gallery, image : Dusk Cypress 2003: Vogue Living, Aug/ Sept Events Image : Cypress Paddock p. 36

2001: Kathryn Ryan : A quiet Place, Flinders Lane Gallery, Critics Choice, Jeff Makin, Herald Sun p. 83 Nov 26 2001 

2001 : Peak Performance, Studio Tours, Herald Sun, Richard Shaw, Dec 28 p. 82

2001: Radio National , Arts Talk, Julie Copeland, “Kathryn Ryan Solo Exhibition, Flinders Lane Gallery, Nov 28

2001: ABC TV: The Arts Show, Profile: Kathryn Ryan, Dusk Cypress, Charcoal, 1988, By Rebecca Barnard

2001: The Hutchins Art Prize, Cat, “Dusk Cypress, illustrated p. 14

1999: The Jacaranda Acquisitive Award Touring Catalogue, Simeon Kronenburg, p 4,5.

1999: Profiles : Art Almanac, Dec 98-Jan 99, p. 79

1998: The Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award Catalogue, p. 18

1992: Artworkz Four, 101 Collins St Acquisitive Prizes catalogue



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