Paul Ryan | Wild Colonial Boy Video Profile

Paul Ryan has been featured in an artist video profile by Sean O’Brien. We are invited to the artist’s house and studio in Thirroul to see where he draws his inspiration from, his working process and some of the themes his art is concerned with.

This wonderful short feature manages to capture Paul’s honest approach to creation as being strongly influenced by a sense of place and time. The dynamic nature of the escarpment of the Illawarra Coast, music, a love of surfing, Australia’s colonial history and the qualities of the paint he uses to create his images, these elements all  shape Paul’s practise and his identity as an artist.

You can watch the video below.

Paul Ryan – Wild Colonial Boy
Directed and edited by: Sean O’Brien
Surf Footage: Ray Collins
Music by: Bill Callahan

Paul Ryan – Wild Colonial Boy from Sean O’Brien on Vimeo.

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Paul Ryan, Nicholas Harding | Finalists, Doug Moran National Portrait Prize 2014

Nicholas Harding and Paul Ryan are finalists this year in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. Nicholas’ painting of actor Richard Roxburgh and Paul’s of fellow artist Noah Taylor make up a group of thirty works to be exhibited at Juniper Hall in Paddington.

The Doug Moran National portrait prize is an initiative of the Moran Arts Foundation, a philanthropic organisation whose objective is to support the arts in Australia.

The winner of the prize will receive $150, 000 and their portrait will be acquired as part of the collection of the Moran Foundation.

The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize
29 October 2014 – 15 February 2015
Juniper Hall, 250 Oxford St, Paddington, NSW, 2021

NOAH 2014

Paul Ryan, Noah Taylor, 2014

Richard Roxburgh 2014 oil on linen 183x92cm copy

Nicholas Harding, Richard Roxburgh, 2014


Chris Langlois, Caroline Rannersberger and Paul Ryan | Sublime Point: The Landscape in Painting

Work by Chris Langlois, Caroline Rannersberger and Paul Ryan will be included in an exhibition at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre. Sublime Point: The Landscape in Painting, brings together 25 leading Australian painters in an investigation of landscape painting.

“For some of the artists, the subject of landscape originates from a cultural and spiritual attachment to place or an urban sensibility to a changing environment. While for others, the landscape provides a vehicle for the exploration of self, responses to the historical aspect of landscape and a relationship with nature.” – Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre

Sublime Point: The Landscape in Painting
11 October – 30 November 2014
Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, 782 Kingsway Gymea, NSW


Caroline Rannersberger, Sunset Bay Towards Hartz, 2013, oil on belgian linen, 3 x 202 x 71cm


Chris Langlois, Weather System (Tasman Sea) no.9, 2014, oil on linen, 137 x 122cm


Paul Ryan, Sublime North Sublime South, 2014, oil on linen, 72 x 122cm


Sophie Cape, Anh Do, Robert Malherbe, Paul Ryan | Paddington Art Prize Finalists 2014

Four artists from the Olsen Irwin stable have been selected as finalists in the Paddington Art Prize this year. The works of Paul Ryan, Robert Malherbe, Sophie Cape and Anh Do will be on show between the 11th and 21st of October.

Established in 2004, The Paddington Art Prize is a painting prize that encourages the landscape as a truly contemporary genre. Given the great tradition of landscape painting in Australia, the prize can be seen as an especially significant one for Australian artists.

The Paddington Art Prize
Saturday, October 11 – Tuesday, October 21
111 – 113 Queen Street Woollahra, NSW 2025. Entrence via Dorhauer Lane

Opening Night – Wednesday October 15 6pm – 8pm



Robert Malherbe, Landscape III, oil on linen, 66 x 56cm



Paul Ryan, Morning of the Earth, oil on linen, 81 x 143cm




Anh Do, Jindabyne Morning, oil on canvas, 152 x 102cm


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Sophie Cape, Glacial Furnace, bitumen, ink, oil, acrylic, soil and etching on paper, 90 x 120cm



Paul Ryan | Finalist, Kilgour Prize

Paul Ryan’s painting ‘Wollongong Cannibal’ has been selected as a finalist in this year’s Kilgour Prize at Newcastle Gallery.

The annual prize awards first place to the most outstanding work of figurative or portrait painting, as decided by a panel of judges.

The exhibition will take place at Newcastle Art Gallery, 8 November, 2014 – 25 January, 2015


Paul Ryan, Wollongong Cannibal



Sophie Cape | Paul Ryan | Artist talk at National Trust S.H Ervine Gallery

Sophie Cape and Paul Ryan will be holding an artist talk for the Salon des Refuses this Sunday afternoon at the National Trust S.H Ervine Gallery.

National Trust S.H Ervine Gallery, 2 Watson Rd, Millers Point NSW 2000
Sunday 14 September, 3pm


Sophie Cape in front of her work, in the Salon des Refuses,
‘The Earth Whirls Toward a Creation Unknown’, 2014, mixed media on canvas, 206 x 297cm


Paul Ryan’s work, in the Salon des Refuses
‘Mountain North, Mountain South’, 2014, oil on linen, 81 x 143cm


2014 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize | Semi-finalists

Nicholas Harding, Julian Meagher and Paul Ryan have all been named as semi-finalists in the 2014 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. The annual prize, in its 26 year, awards $150,000 to an outstanding work of portraiture. The winning work is acquired by the Moran Arts Foundation.

“Established by Doug and Greta Moran and Family in 1988 in celebration of Australia’s bicentennial, the Moran Arts Foundation fosters portraiture skills and excellence in photography.” – Moran Arts Foundation

2014 judges are Edmund Capon AM OBE, director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales from 1978 to 2011 and artist, Lewis Miller. From the semi-finalists, 30 finalists will be named and exhibited at Juniper Hall in Paddington, Sydney from 29 October 2014 to 15 February 2015. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 28 October 2014. Best of luck to all!

Julian Meagher, Straight Into The Sun, 2014, oil on linen, 76 x 51cm.

Julian Meagher, Straight Into The Sun, 2014, oil on linen, 76 x 51cm


Paul Ryan, Noah, 2014, oil on linen

Nicholas Harding, Richard Roxburg, 2014, oil on linen, 168 x 76cm

Nicholas Harding, Richard Roxburg, 2014, oil on linen, 168 x 76cm


Paul Ryan | Mosman Art Prize Winning Artists in Conversation | Mosman Art Gallery

Paul Ryan will be talking this Sunday 10 August at 2pm at Mosman Art Gallery about his highly commended work in the, Mosman Art Prize Blue boy and dog. Ryan received the Commendation Prize for $5,000 from Mosman Art Prize sponsor Tim Cecil Jr of Henry Bucks.

“Mosman Art Prize winner, Michael Muir, Commendation Prize winner Paul Ryan and young emerging artist Eric Davidson Gluyas will come together to talk about their common experiences and aspirations associated with art prizes. They will also share insights into the nature of their practise and the stories behind their artworks.” – Mosman Art Gallery

Mosman Art Prize Winning Artists in Conversation
Sunday 10 August at 2pm

Mosman Art Gallery
Cnr Art Gallery Way and Myahgah Rd
Mosman 2088 Australia
Bookings for the event can be made by clicking here


Paul Ryan, Blue boy and dog, 2014, Oil on linen, 102 x 102cm, Highly commended, Mosman Art Prize 2014

“The boy in Blue boy and dog is an appropriation of the famous Thomas Gainsborough painting The blue boy a portrait of Johnathan Buttall the son of his friend. It is likely that the painting is an example of homoerotic paintings of boys that were among the most desirable collector objects of the time. The theme of the painting is the transition from youth to manhood. My blue boy is removed from the dark brooding landscape and placed in a white void – a timeless space.

I am also interested in the transition of boy to man. My own son is 14 years of age.
In many ways we [men] are eternally negotiating this transition. Most of us never fully complete the journey, myself included for starters – we don’t want to go the distance. We can’t, won’t let go of youth. This painting is as much about my son’s transition to manhood, as my attempts to come to terms with being middle aged – not quite old, but no longer young.There is a power, a wonderful energy that grows in us in early manhood, it wanes but never dies. It is what drives us.

My blue boy has a companion dog, beast. Is it friend or foe? Will the dog guide him through the labyrinth, or tear him to shreds. I suspect it is a bit of both.” – Paul Ryan, 2014


Nicholas Harding | Sophie Cape | Paul Ryan | Salon des Refuses

Congratulations to Nicholas Harding, Sophie Cape and Paul Ryan for selection in the 2014 Salon des Refuses.

Originating in 1992, the Salon des Refuses presents an alternative selection of works from the entries to the Archibald and Wynne Prizes. The judges for 2014 are Gina Fairley – arts writer, curator and director of Slot Gallery; Andrew Frost – art commentator, lecturer and presenter of The Art Life; and Jane Watters – director of the S.H. Ervin Gallery.

Nicholas Harding was selected for his entry for the Archibald Prize featuring the cast of the Sydney Theatre Company’s Waiting for Godot production, Playing for Godot (Mullins, Weaving, Roxburgh and Quast). Sophie Cape and Paul Ryan were selected for their entries to the Wynne Prize. The Wynne Prize accepts entries of landscape painting of Australian scenery or figure sculpture.

The exhibition opens today, Saturday 19 July, and run until 14 September at the S.H. Ervin Gallery in Sydney.

2014 Salon des Refuses
19 July to 14 September 2014

S.H. Ervin Gallery
Watson Road
Observatory Hill
The Rocks NSW 2000

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Mosman Art Prize 2014 | Finalists

Congratulations to Olsen Irwin artists Jo Bertini, Anh Do, Robert Malherbe, Angus McDonald, Caroline Rannersberger and Paul Ryan for selection as a finalist in the Mosman Art Prize. The official opening for the exhibition of the finalists works and the announcement of the winner will take place on the evening of Thursday 31 July 2014 at the Mosman Art Gallery.

“Now in its 67th year, the Mosman Art Prize is one of the oldest and most prestigious municipally funded visual art prizes in Australia. It is an annual, acquisitive award for painting sponsored by Mosman Municipal Council.” – Mosman Art Gallery

Mosman Art Prize
26 July – 7 September 2014

Mosman Art Gallery
Cnr Art Gallery Way and Myahgah Rd
Mosman NSW 2088


Paul Ryan, Blue boy and dog, oil on linen, 102 x 102 cm, 2014 – Finalist in the Mosman Art Prize


Angus McDonald, Ray of Light, Oil on canvas, 75 x 125cm, 2014 – Finalist in the Mosman Art Prize


Robert Malherbe, A Walk to the Gallery, Oil on linen, 66 x 56cm, 2013 – Finalist in the Mosman Art Prize


Caroline Rannersberger, Towards Cloudy Corner, Oil on Belgian linen, 3 x [97 x 39.5cm], 2013 – finalist in the Mosman Art Prize