News /Events - Kathryn Ryan

Upcoming Solo Exhibition :

The Way Home, 'Nanda Hobbs, Sydney May 23 - June 8th 2019 

OPENING Thursday May 23rd 6 pm - 8 pm

ARTIST TALK : Saturday May 25th 2pm 

Very excited for my first solo exhibition with Nanda Hobbs,

Nanda Hobbs Gallery

Kathryn Ryan , The Way Home, Artist Statement Nanda Hobbs May 23-June 8 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

Nanda Hobbs, Sydney : Summer Show Dec 5-22 2018 

I am very pleased to have a number of new works in this, my first group show with Nanda Hobbs

Nanda Hobbs Summer Show

Fact or Fiction ? The ascendancy of romanticism in contmeporary landscpe painting in Australia

I am very pleased to be featured in this article by Andre McIlroy along with a number of admired Australian artists.

Published Dec 4 2018 


I am delighted to announce that I am now Represented by Nanda / Hobbs Contemporary in Sydney. 

I am represented by Flinders Lane Gallery in Melbourne since 2000. 

2018 : Lyn Mc Crea Memorial Drawing Prize

Noosa Regional Gallery QLD

Finalist : Nightfall, charcoal on paper 72 x 52 cm 2018 

2018 : A selection of recent works including my coastal series of Loch Ard Gorge is now on view at Wishart Gallery , Port Fairy. ( courtesy of Flinders Lane Gallery )  contact for details & images can be seen under Exhibition Archive

2018 : John Leslie Art Prize

Finalist: South West Paddocks oil on linen 137 x 183cm 

Gippsland Art Gallery, 

Exhibition : September 22 - November 25 

2018 : Salon des Refuses, Wynne selection

SH Ervin Gallery Sydney

 Falling Light, oil on linen 183 x 137cm 

Current until  July 29 2018 

Review by John McDonald SMH Spectrum

2018 : Solo Exhibition, South West Coast Flinders Lane Gallery Melbourne

May 22nd - June 16th  

Flinders Lane Gallery

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

Artist Talk Video

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

Flinders Lane Gallery

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 PlacePaintings & Drawings 1995-2015

Warrnambool Art Gallery July 19th - November 22nd, 2015

26 Liebig St Warrnambool VIC 3280


A series of Cards of my artworks are available $4.50 each  E: PH +61 3 5559 49 49

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 :

Capsule Arts Dubai

A Quiet Place : Warrnambool Art Gallery 2015

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