Paul Ryan: The Colonies - Art Collector

Paul Ryan, Red Coat and Hound, 2017. Oil on linen. 138 x 122cm. 
Courtesy the artist and Nanda/Hobbs Gallery, Sydney. The work of Paul Ryan has loomed large in Australian painting over the last decade.

He is a thirteen-time finalist in the Archibald Prize, a six-time Wynne Prize finalist and he holds an impressive list of curatorial accolades. His beloved vision of the rugged coastline of Thirroul, south of Sydney, where pacific breakers meet themonolithic escarpment—is the stage from which he plays out his visual commentary on Australian history. Rendered in swathes of viscous oil paint, it is work that has become synonymous with the best of expressive contemporary Australian painting.

At the core of Ryan’s discourse is the politics of imagery that is inherent in empire or nation building. His commentary and use of 'the old' is, at this time in our history, prophetic, as we face a fervent nationalist agenda in a post-colonial world. Ryan draws our attention through his work to the short-sighted ideology that has the potential to cast us back to a time of segregation, isolation and, indeed, cultural annihilation.

Exhibition Opens: 6pm-8pm, Thursday 26 October 2017
Exhibition Closes: Saturday 11 November 2017
Location: Nanda\Hobbs, 12-14 Meagher Street, Chippendale NSW 2008
Contact: +612 9262 6660
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