Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Studio Newsletter September 2013


STUDIO NEWSLETTER     September 2013

I am an Australian artist currently based in the UAE, with over 25 years as a professional artist. I have exhibited extensively in major commercial galleries and have been a finalist in many prestigious National Art Prizes. My works are held in major Australian collections including Parliament House, Canberra, Macquarie Group Collection, RACV Collection, Artbank & BP Australia. 

I am represented in Australia by Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne and Olsen Irwin, Sydney where I hold major solo exhibitions each year.

Since 2008 I have been dividing my time between Australia & Abu Dhabi. I relocated to Dubai in Nov 2011, where I have since set up my studio. I continue to exhibit in Australia whilst developing exhibiting opportunities here in the UAE. 

Light and Shadow
That which is seen, unseen. A blur, movement, light falling, light passing. The transformation of what is known, what is understood. A mystery revealed, an opening in to another world. The detail taken out of context, the beauty of the mundane and ordinary taken to new heights…. Art makes us see things anew, in a different light, out of context, observing the familiar and unfamiliar, noticing all and transforming in to another realm, a new understanding or new light…

My artwork is inspired by the quality of light, mood and atmosphere in the landscapes and environment around me. For many years I have painted the Australian landscapes of South West Victoria which are so familiar to me, capturing the wintery conditions and quality of light, evoking a calm and contemplative space. My oil paintings are built up in meticulous layers of paint & glazes over many months to achieve a depth and luminosity, harmony & balance.

Now living in Dubai, I have begun a new series of work responding to my environment, sense of place and quality of light in the UAE. I have found inspiration observing the intimate details in my local environment with the dramatic play of light and fall of shadows, accentuating the organic and sensual nature of plants and Arabic lanterns. 
Kathryn Ryan   Dubai 2013
Upcoming Exhibitions in UAE & Australia:

Capsule Arts : Limited Edition Print Collection:
The Launch of Capsule Arts is on Thursday September 5th, AL Quoz 3, Dubai

Announcing for the very first time...
 I have a small selection of my work now available as a Limited Edition Archival Print. 

The prints are available to purchase through Capsule Arts, Dubai and can be shipped locally or internationally. See their website for full details  and you can also follow their Face Book page

The official Launch of Capsule Arts will take place on Thursday September 5th , 7pm - 11pm at their massive studio art space warehouse in Al Quoz 3, Dubai. Warehouse A-2, street 4, Al Quoz 3. See  Location Map  

Capsule Arts will operate an online store through their website
Capsule Arts They will also have pop-up stores across the UAE including at No White Walls exhibition at The Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi, on the first Friday of each month from October to December.

In their first collection of Limited Edition Archival Prints they have selected 18 artists currently living in the UAE and GCC region. The artists are made up of both local Emirati artists and international artists living in the UAE. 

The Launch night will be your first opportunity to view the entire collection of approx 80 artworks and to meet the artists. All prints will be available to order & purchase and framing options will be offered on the night. 

No White Walls Exhibition : The Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi Sept 19th- Jan 1st

Opening Thursday September 19,  7-9pm
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi

The exhibition will be open 9am-9pm form Sept 20, 2013 - Jan 1, 2014

I will be exhibiting a new series of charcoal drawings and photography from my Shadow & Light series.
No White Walls is an artist-led initiative set up by a group of professional artists based in the UAE
From September until the end of the year, we will be showcasing new work in the beautiful Fairmont Bab Al Bahr on the Abu Dhabi creek. The exhibiting artists are Julia Ibbini, Emily Gordon, Andrew Field, Jennifer Simon, Kathryn Ryan, Janine Ibbini and Sean Blake.

Throughout the exhibition period we will be hosting artist talks, workshops and a pop –up store selling limited edition prints from Capsule Arts. For more information please visit our Facebook page :  You can also follow us on Instagram @nowhitewallsuae


Tattersall’s Club Landscape Art Prize 2013
Opening Cocktail Party & Announcement of winner Sept 5th, 6-8pm

The Tattersall’s Club Landscape Art Prize is an Invitation only acquisitive prize of $25,000. AUD
My artwork, Charcoal #3, 52x72cm, $2,500. AUD  is a finalist in the exhibition currently being held in Brisbane.
The exhibition is on until Sept 21st. It can be viewed at the Tattersall's Club Brisbane until Sept.6th. The exhibition is then on view at Waterfront Place Brisbane from Sept. 9th-21st For more info contact Anne-Louise Hollett +61 414 678 403  

Upcoming Solo Exhibition
Kathryn Ryan
Shadow & Light
Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne October 8-26th
Opening Reception Saturday October 12th 1-3pm


My upcoming solo exhibition at Flinders Lane Gallery will feature a new series of works from my Shadow & Light series.
Since November 2011 I have been working fulltime from my studio in Dubai developing this new series on Light & Shadow in charcoal and paintings.   My charcoals are built up in layers of mark making and rubbing away to leave the essence of the evocative nature of light & shadows.
As an expat living in the UAE, I am seeing everything with fresh eyes, noticing all the detail and beauty in my new surroundings, taking the detail out of its everyday existence and highlighting the qualities of light, mystery and mood.
For more details or to join the preview list :  (Below from Artist Profile magazine)

Artworks Available
My artworks are available through my representing galleries in Australia. Please see the gallery websites for images and details. Both Flinders Lane gallery, Melbourne and Olsen Irwin, Sydney have a range of oil paintings and charcoal drawings available in stock.
Blue Silhouette oil on linen 137x183cm $14,000. AUD
Approaching Fog, oil on linen 137x183cm $14,000. AUD                          


Kathryn Ryan 
Dubai 2013

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