Phil Ryan

Phil Ryan was trained in both science and art. He has worked with Forests NSW and CSIRO Forestry and Forest Products for over 25 years as a research scientist. Up to 2005, painting had to be a part-time activity, mostly done in a rush during holidays. Then in 2005 the opportunity came to leave Canberra and establish a studio south of Batlow NSW, in the old Kunama Public School house.

Phil produces landscape paintings focussing on the simple components of rock, vegetation and water. Compositions often emphasising of the foreground detail. He uses acrylic paints in a colourful, thick, textured style and often adds other media to increase the effect. In certain cases Phil will use mixed media to produce a 3D surface that will extenuate texture and/or affect perspective.

Since 2005, Phil has had seven solo exhibitions:

  • 2015 High Country Waterfalls at Tuggeranong Arts Centre, ACT
  • 2013 Karst Country (with Glen Ryan) at Belconnen Arts Centre, ACT
  • 2011 Rock, Tree, Water at Five-Ways Gallery, Tumut
  • 2011 Solo exhibition at Glen Street Theatre, Sydney
  • 2010 Kosciuszko to Cape York at Artists on Parade, Tumbarumba
  • 2009 Rainforests at Mawson Gallery, ACT
  • 2007 Kosciuszko Summer at Green Dog Gallery, Gundagai
  • 2005 Iconic Mountains at Sawmill Gallery, Canberra

He has exhibited at Wagga Wagga Regional Gallery Part of the "All in one go: Mark III" Exhibition of regional Riverina artists.

Phil won the 2013 Casella Art Prize at Griffith Regional Art Gallery and has also been selected as a finalist in the:

  • John Leslie Art Prize (Gippsland Regional Gallery) in 2016
  • Stanthorpe Art Festival in 2014
  • Casella Art Prize (Griffith Regional Gallery) in 2011 and 2013
  • Calleen Art Prize (Cowra Regional Gallery) in 2010 and 2011
  • Countryscapes Art Prize for Landscape Painting in 2006, 2008 and 2011
  • Mortimore Prize in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011

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