Introducing Dubai-based artist Kathryn Ryan, who also featured in our 2013 launch collection. Kathryn is inspired by the quality of light, mood and atmosphere found in her surroundings, an interest which is reflected in her striking series of prints in our first collection, which you can view and purchase here. Now she is adding to this selection with two new flower studies.
Originally from Australia, Kathryn has spent many years painting the South Victorian landscapes of Australia. After moving to Dubai several years ago, the focus of her practice changed from vast views of the Australian landscape to the intimate details of nature, light and shadow found in her local environment, from the plant life to the intricately patterned shadows cast by ornate Arabic lanterns.
Ryan uses meticulous layers of paint and glazes applied over many months to achieve remarkable depth, luminosity, harmony and balance in her oil paintings. Her charcoal drawings have a similarly rich quality of depth, which Ryan acheives through buillding up and rubbing away layers of charcoal.
Check out this in progress video capturing the process behind her charcoal drawing, Dried Rose & Shadow #2, which features as a print in our new collection:
If you're over in Australia, Kathryn's work can currently be seen as part of the Tattersalls Invitation Landscape Prize in Brisbane (1-19 September 2014), followed by the upcoming 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne (16 September - 4 October). For those of us here in the UAE, after the Capsule Arts launch exhibition on 11 September, 7-10pm, Kathryn's work will be on show as part of the No White Walls : 2nd Annual Exhibition at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr in Abu Dhabi, opening 25 September.
Kathryn Ryan holds an Honours Degree of Fine Art from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Fine Art, Painting, from Warrnambool Institute of Advanced Education. Her works have been exhibited extensively in major commercial galleries both in the UAE and internationally and she has been a finalist in numerous prestigious National Art Prizes. Her works are held in several major Australian collections including Parliament House Canberra, Macquarie Group Collection, RACV collection, Artbank & BP Australia. She is represented by Olsen Irwin Gallery in Sydney and Flinders Lane Gallery in Melbourne, where she has regular solo exhibitions.