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KATHRYN RYAN OPPO SH IFT IN G LIGHT


Cover: Kathryn Ryan Falling Light 2017 oil on linen 183 x 137 cm $16,500


KATHRYN RYAN SHIFTING LIGHT 19 July – 6 August 2017 Exhibition Opening Saturday 22 July 2017, 2 – 4pm


Shifting Light: What moves me, what resonates, finding beauty, the stillness, the quietness, peaceful, calm, solitude, alone with nature, going to a contemplative space.

All this rejuvenates me and has inspired this series of work as I am drawn to the dramatic silhouettes at dusk and twilight, the drama of the ocean, shadows flittering and swaying through dappled light ‌ all accentuated by a dramatic light whether it be stormy, at dusk, contrasting or softened light.

The Pine silhouettes, natures shadows, the last light of the day, where what is revealed and concealed accentuates what remains, bringing you closer the essence. These concerns have been explored throughout all my work over the last 30 years.

The Pine silhouettes border on the calligraphic, emblematic, or evocative of intricate lacework or detailed mashribiya design. The strong, fluid shapes are interspersed by delicate and fragile line work. Nights reduction of details sets the dramatic silhouettes against the richness of the night sky and the last of days light.

In this series I have focused on the detail, highlighting the linear shapes where they meet the sky, juxtaposing the vast and infinite night sky against the details of the weather beaten pines.


Darkness closing in, defines the contrasts, highlights the strengths & depth, the fleeting and the fragile.

Shifting Light, through times of day, weather and seasons, inspires all my work. In particular, twilight, with its iridescent blues and mauves, slowly transforming to richer tones, revealing a depth in darkness, has inspired this most recent series.

The Process: Beginning with a clear intention and vision of what I am aiming to achieve, which is predominantly influenced by the mood and quality of light ‌. The oil paintings are gradually built up in layers, combining wet on wet techniques, layers of glazing and intricate detailed areas reworked numerous times over a period of approximately 3 months ‌. All the time slowly building depth, light, space, harmony and balance.

The charcoals, although not taking as long to produce, follow a very similar process of layering and building, reworking, rubbing out, searching through mark making, rubbing back to slowly build the light, mood, harmony and balance.

Kathryn Ryan


Kathryn Ryan Illuminated Pine 2017 oil on linen 183 x 137 cm $16,500


Kathryn Ryan Nightfall 2017 oil on linen 183 x 137 cm $16,500


OPPOSITE: Kathryn Ryan Approaching Nightfall 2017 oil on linen 107 x 76 cm $6,500


OPPOSITE: Kathryn Ryan Evening Pines 2017 oil on linen 91 x 183 cm $12,500


OPPOSITE: Kathryn Ryan Pines at Twilight 2017 oil on linen 137 x 183 cm $16,500


OPPOSITE: Kathryn Ryan South West Light 2017 oil on linen 137 x 183 cm $16,500


OPPOSITE: Kathryn Ryan South West Twilight 2017 oil on linen 137 x 183 cm $16,500


OPPOSITE: Kathryn Ryan Nocturnal Pines 2017 oil on linen 137 x 183 cm $16,500


OPPOSITE: Kathryn Ryan Stingray Bay 2017 oil on linen 107 x 137 cm $9,500 \


Kathryn Ryan Middle Island 2017 oil on linen 137 x 107 cm $9,500


Kathryn Ryan Merri Island 2017 oil on linen 137 x 107 cm $9,500


Kathryn Ryan Nightfall Silhouette 2017 charcoal on paper 72 x 52 cm (paper size) $2,500


Kathryn Ryan Winter Branches 2017 charcoal on paper 72 x 52 cm (paper size) $2,500


Kathryn Ryan Railway Pines 2017 charcoal on paper 106.5 x 71 cm (paper size) $6,500


Kathryn Ryan Trainline Silhouette 2017 charcoal on paper 106.5 x 71 cm (paper size) $6,500


OPPOSIE: Kathryn Ryan The Long Shadow 2017 charcoal on paper 123 x 91 cm (paper size) $6,800


OPPOSITE Kathryn Ryan Coastline, Twelve Apostles 2017 charcoal on paper 71 x 106.5 cm (paper size) $6,500


KATHRYN RYAN

Selected CV: Currently living in Warrnambool, VIC Education: 1989: Honors Degree of Fine Art, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology 1986: Bachelor of Fine Art: Painting, Warrnambool Institute of Advanced Education Solo Exhibitions: 2017: Shifting Light, Olsen Gallery Sydney (July 19 – August 6) 2016: New Works 2016, Flinders Lane Gallery Melbourne 2016: New Works 2016, Olsen Irwin Gallery, Sydney 10 – 28 August 2015: A Quiet Place, Paintings & Drawings 1995 – 2015 Warrnambool Art Gallery, July 19- November 22, 2015 2015: New Works: Olsen Irwin Works on Paper Gallery, August 11 – 25, 2015 2013: Shadow & Light, Flinders Lane Gallery Melbourne, Oct 8-26th 2012: New Paintings, Tim Olsen Gallery , Sydney October 17- Nov 4 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, Fitzroy Awards/Prizes: The Wynne Prize AGNSW: Finalist 2007, 2004, 2000 Salon des Refuses Wynne Selection: Finalist 2016, 2001, 1996, 1995 Paul Guest Prize: Bendigo Art Gallery , Finalist 2016 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize: Finalist 2012 The 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 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, 1996 Swan Hill National Print & Drawing Award: Finalist 2000, 1992 Salon des Refuses Wynne Selection: Finalist 2001, 1996, 1995 Nillumbuk Art Award: Finalist 1995 Artworkz/BP Art Award: Finalist 1992, 1991, 1990 ACQUIRED Diamond Valley Art Award: Finalist 1990, 1989, 1988 Selected Group Exhibitions : 2016: Regroup , The Artery, Warrnambool & Deakin Uni Gallery, Geelong 2015: Mail Art Project , Oppland Kunstsenter, Lillehammer, Norway 2015: Biblio Art Award, Blarney Books &Art, Port Fairy VIC 2014 -2015: No White Walls, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi UAE 2014: Australia Unlimited MENA, by Australian Embassy, Conrad Hotel Dubai ( April) 2014: Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival, RAK National Museum & Banyan Tree Al Wadi Resort, UAE 2014: 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne 2013: No White Walls, The Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, 2013: The Tattersall’s Club Landscape Art Prize, Brisbane QLD Sept 2-20 2013 2013: Australian Art Month, Art Hub, Abu Dhabi, UAE May 11 - June 30 2013 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: Here & Now, Flinders Lane Gallery Melbourne, inc Catalogue 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: 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: Survey, Warrnambool Regional Art Gallery, VIC 2005: 2004: 2004: 2003: 2002:

Treasures, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne The Wynne Prize for Landscape, Art Gallery of NSW Melbourne Contemporary Art Fair, Flinders Lane Gallery Treasures, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne 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 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 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 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 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 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 1992: Swan Hill Print & Drawing Prize, Swan Hill Regional Gallery, VIC 1992: Artworkz 4, 101 Collins St. 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 1988: Castlemaine State Festival Drawing Prize, Castlemaine Art Gallery, VIC


Collections: Parliament House Collection, Canberra Australian Catholic Universities Collection RACV Collection Warrnambool Regional Art Gallery Artbank Grafton Regional Art Gallery Macquarie Group Collection BP Australia Private Collections, Aus, UK, US, UAE, Hong Kong Deakin University Collection Singapore, Finland, Thailand


KATHRYN RYAN SHIFTING LIGHT 19 July – 6 August 2017 Exhibition Opening Saturday 22nd July 2017, 2 – 4pm

KATHRYN RYAN Shifting Light 2017  
KATHRYN RYAN Shifting Light 2017