Friday, March 13, 2015

Returning to Australia

Well, its been a busy few months since I last posted here !

In December 2014, I relocated back to Australia and I have set up my new studio in coastal south west Victoria , in Warrnambool. Currently based here, I am still dividing my time between the UAE and Australia. It's great to be back amongst the trees, coast & fresh air!
Botanic Gardens, Warrnambool
I have hit the ground running setting up my new studio and beginning a new series of works responding to the local landscape and coastal area.  I am currently working on a series of charcoal drawings of the rugged Great Ocean Road, in particular the Twelve Apostles area. I am also working on a series of oil on paper of nocturne silhouette pines, and paintings inspired by the surrounding landscape.
Preparing new works
In August I will be exhibiting this new series of oil on paper and charcoals at Olsen Irwin, Works on Paper Gallery, Sydney : Aug 14th - Sept 3rd 2015 Olsen Irwin Gallery
Charcoals and oil on paper to be exhibited in Sydney on August : Olsen Irwin Works on Paper Gallery
Having barely set up studio, I was involved in the F Project Open Studio Trail held in Warrnambool  on January 24th.. This was a great opportunity to open up my studio as well as  Cypress Studio ( prints of my work) and to meet so many lovely people who visited on the day ...There were approx 14 open studios on the trail which was a very popular day out and sneak peek behind the scenes of lots of artists studios.
In my new Warrnambool studio, & Cypress Studio, photographed by Jack Wilkins for his upcoming Artland exhibition at WAG
The Biblio Art Competition is coming up in Port Fairy at Blarney Books & Art... the idea is to collect a book from their 'wheel barrow' of old books and to make an artwork responding  to / using the book... My Book is titled " My Love Must Wait" by Ernestine Hill..... More info : Blarney Books

I was invited by Vision Australia Radio, Victoria Dunn for a discussion on my art practice, the journey over the past 30 years, life in the UAE and returning to Australia , which aired 13/3/15 on 94.5 fm.... ( I will have a disc copy of this interview which I may post at a later date... once I know how to !)

Warrnambool is currently a hive for a thriving art communtity... we are privileged to have the services of Bluestone Magazine to keep us all informed and up to date on the many talented and unique individuals in our area. Carol Altmann & Louise North have invigorated the local community and are helping energize and establish a growing arts community. Get on board and subscribe to help keep this vital service alive and thriving ! Website: Blluestone Magazine
You can also follow them on facebook : Facebook : Bluestone Magazine
You can read their story on my return here :
Kathryn Ryan Returns to her artistic roots
In my new Warrnambool studio, photographed by Jack Wilkins for his upcoming Artland exhibition at WAG

The Warrnambool Art Gallery will be holding a Survey Show of my work from the past 20 yrs beginning in July 2015. I am currently preparing this exhibition with curator Murray Bowes, sifting through a selection of 300+ works, to make a shortlist of approx 40 works to be displayed. The majority of these works were sold at the time of their solo exhibitions , so we are very grateful to be able to loan them from their new owners. The exhibition which Opens on July 18th will run through until November 22nd 2015.
Warrnambool Art Gallery

That's a good start for my first 3 months! Lots to do in the studio .....
sifting through images for my Survey Show at WAG July 18th - Sept 3rd, 2015

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