6 - 8pm, Thursday 6th Feb


Paul Ryan - South Pacific

Paul Ryan's solo exhibition, South Pacific, opens on Thursday 6th February, 6-8pm (RSVP here). Set against a backdrop of the Illawarra Escarpment, it is a captivating collection of oil paintings, infused with a tongue-in-cheek dig at the irony of colonisation. Protagonist, Sir Joseph Banks, is cast as the archetypal Dandy whose grand tour of the unknown made himself and Captain James Cook eternally famous. The fluctuating status of hero, in mind of contemporary attitudes, is keenly explored by Ryan. Perception and context is key.

Apart from the "Banks" paintings, other works—dripping with social irony include; "#DumbCountry" inscribed A Very Aussie Still Life and the irreverent still life, The Time Margaret Preston Dropped Acid. Yes, it's Ryan at his best—breaking all the rules!

One of Australia's best-known contemporary painters, Paul Ryan, has for two decades graced the walls of major curatorial exhibitions. He has been a finalist in all major art prizes, including 13 times in the coveted Archibald Prize, 5 times in the Wynne and 7 times in the Sulman Prize.

The exhibition catalogue will be emailed to you next Wednesday, 29th January.


Chippendale 12-14 Meagher St, Chippendale NSW 2008