A Quiet Place is my survey show covering the journey of my art practice over the last 20 years, showcasing a selection of oil paintings and charcoal drawings, loaned from public and private collections. The exhibition will showcase works from my western district series, my studio years in Melbourne, to the UK and years spent living in the UAE with a recent return to Australia, now dividing my time between Warrnambool & Dubai.
|Kathryn Ryan , Farm Hedges in Winter, oil on linen 137 x183cm 2011 Private Collection|
|Kathryn Ryan, Winter Light, oil on canvas 137 x183cm 2008 Private Collection|
The quality of light, mood, space, atmosphere , what moves me... has informed many of these works which explore the contrast of opposites of the fragile & strong, the vast & detail, what lasts, what endures, a longing for , memory based, a reflective and calm quiet place to retreat...
|Kathryn Ryan ,Morning Cypress, charcoal on paper, 51 x71 cm 1999 Collection of Artist|
The exhibition will cover my studio practice from 1995- 2015 working in oil paint and charcoal.The oil paintings are worked up in many layers of paint and glazing over several months to build depth, balance and harmony with a resulting almost photographic surface. Similarly the charcoals are built up in layers of mark making and rubbing away, slowly building, slowly revealing to arrive at a balance of both contrast and subtle harmony... revealing the strong and delicate nature of the images.
|Kathryn Ryan, South West Coast #9, charcoal on paper 51 x71 cm 2015 Collection of Artist|
From windswept cypress hedges punctuating the vast farming areas , to the fall of light at the end of the day , the landscape emerging through fog, to more recent explorations of shadow & light from my time based in the UAE and my return back to the South West of Victoria to explore again this landscape with fresh eyes.
|Kathryn Ryan, Al Shajarah /Tree, charcoal on paper 51 x71 cm 2013 Collection of Artist|
|Kathryn Ryan , Road to Whitlands, oil on canvas, 137 x183cm 2002 Private Collection|
|Kathryn Ryan , View from Kingshouse, oil on linen 137 x183cm 2010 Private Collection|