Kathryn Ryan

About the Artist

Kathryn Ryan is inspired by the quality of light, mood and atmosphere found in her surroundings. Originally from Australia, she 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.

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.

Short Bio

Kathryn Ryan is inspired by the quality of light, mood and atmosphere found in her surroundings. Originally from Australia, the focus of her practice shifted after moving to Dubai several years ago, evolving from vast views of the Australian landscape into intimate studies of details of nature, light and shadow found the UAE, from the plant life to the intricately patterned shadows cast by ornate Arabic lanterns.

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