2019 : Deakin Landscapes
Artists: Paul Laspagis, Kathryn Ryan, Stephen Wickham
Curated by James Lynch
Deakin Downtown Gallery, Melbourne until Oct 28 2019
2019 : Lyn Mcrea Memorial Drawing Prize
Noosa Regional Gallery
November 1- December 1, 2019
2019 : The Kings Art Prize, Sydney
Finalist & Awarded The Boys Choice Award 2019
Corner Paddock, oil on linen 152 x 152cm courtesy Nanda Hobbs
2019 : The 30th Tattersalls Club Landscape Prize, Brisbane
Sienna Pines, oil on linen 137 x 102cm Courtesy Flinders Lane Gallery
Recent Solo Exhibition :
The Way Home
Artist Statement Nanda Hobbs 2019
'The Way Home' refers to journeys which are metaphorical, personal, inward looking as well as belonging to my own history of growing up in the landscape, closely affected by the changing weather , seasons and times of day on a farm. My memories of place, weather, family, childhood and yearnings for something more, which eventually took me far away from this landscape... only in latter years to return with the comfort of accepting that what is on offer here is rich and sustaining, feeding my soul and my wellbeing and enduring inspiration for my art.
There was a yearning for space, light and quiet all the years I lived in cities, these qualities had been something that made sense to me, where I belonged, and gave my creative daydreaming space to wander. Yet at the time there was also a yearning for more than the quiet landscape could offer..., the stimulation and different experiences that are on offer through a wider set of friends and people I met in the cities, a closeness & sense of belonging to my tribe in the 'art world', music and cultural events, social life etc. In time I have sought a balance between these two different worlds or aspects of what I need to sustain myself and my art practice. I am more than happy to retreat into my studio and a quieter life living in the country, knowing that all on offer out there can still be accessed,... in smaller doses!
Now, once again I am surrounded by natures beauty, the large skies, wild oceans and the evocative farming landscape of my childhood, paddocks dotted with the rows of cypress hedges and wind battered rows of tall pines. The trees silhouetted against the evening skies, sunrise and sunset, the approaching winter clouds and fading light of day. They are loaded with memories of all my years of both growing up in the country, visiting throughout all my years of living in cities and now returned again to the area to live.
In the current series of 'The Way Home ' , particularly the paintings: Presence, Resilience, Illumination, The Way Home & Looking Back... I was also striving to reconnect with the way I painted and developed my work in my younger days, to let go, work intuitively, loosen up. In their process these works had paint brushed on, scumbled on with rags , turpsed off, textured and then later softer blending from my more recent ways of working, so it became a combining of the ways of working I had developed. It reconnected me with my earlier ways of working and also brought them in to the present with my recent way of exploring painting now. Always still striving to communicate my way of seeing, feeling, memories and yearnings...the landscape as metaphor and holder of memories and inspiration, working with juxtapositions of light and dark, space and intimate details, creating a sense of place, light and mood that is evocative of my memories and experience in the landscape I have lived with for over 50 years.
Kathryn Ryan May 2019
2018: Artist Monograph Book Launch
'Celebrating the practice of this acclaimed landscape painter, the book spans two decades of Ryan’s art practice and offers both collectors and admirers of her practice the opportunity to gain a deeper insight into the evolution and motivations behind her serene images. Including selected essays, reviews and statements by the artist, as well as a comprehensive survey of past works, this monograph is a timely celebration of a quietly driven artist.
Contact the gallery to reserve your copy. Each limited-edition book is signed and numbered by the artist. $44 AUD
Catalogue essay by Tracy Crisp
Please see the above link for my Artist Talk at Flinders Lane Gallery February 2016
Very excited to see the exhibition has almost sold out before it has opened ! There are only two remaining drawings available . Please see www.flg.com.au
Video of my survey exhibition : A Quiet Place, Warnambool Art Gallery 2015
Please see the belwo links for short videos of my survey exhibition at the Warrnambool Art Gallery 2015
Video 1. (8min)
Video 2. A Quiet Place, Paintings & Drawings 1995-2015 Kathryn Ryan 20 year survey exhibition Warrnambool Art Gallery 2015 (5min)
Survey Show : Kathryn Ryan
A Quiet Place, Paintings & Drawings 1995-2015
Warrnambool Art Gallery July 19th - November 22nd, 2015
26 Liebig St Warrnambool VIC 3280
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A Survey Show of my art practice over the last 20 years, showcasing a selection of oil paintings and charcoal drawings, loaned from public and private collections. The exhibition will showcase works from the western district, my studio years in Melbourne, to the UK and years spent living in the UAE and a recent return to south west Victoria, now dividing my time between Warrnambool & Dubai.
My art practice has been heavily influenced by my years growing up in South West Victoria, and the surrounding landscape has provided much of the inspiration for my oil paintings and charcoal drawings.
The quality of light, mood, space & atmosphere , what moves me... has informed many of these works which explore the contrast of opposites of the fragile & strong, the vast & detail, what lasts, what endures, a longing for , memory based, a reflective and calm quiet place to retreat...
The exhibition will cover the journey of my studio practice from 1995- to the present working in oil paint and charcoal. From windswept cypress & hedges punctuating the vast farming areas , to the fall of light at the end of the day , the landscape emerging through fog, to more recent explorations of shadow & light from my time based in the UAE and my return back to the South West of Victoria to explore again this landscape with fresh eyes.
Capsule Arts : Print Collection
I have been invited to have my artwork in the Capsule Arts Limited Edition Print Collection. The collection will be launched with a reception on September 11th at Capsule Arts in AL Quoz, Dubai. I will have 2 new works : Dried Rose & Shadow in this collection as well as 4 works available from Print Collection #1. For more details and online sales :