Kathryn Ryan's painterly interpretations of nature move beyond the merely representational. Driven by a d… Read More
New Paintings July 21- August 15 2009
Kathryn Ryan's painterly interpretations of nature move beyond the merely representational. Driven by a desire to express something of the deeper, intimate experience that the landscape can offer, Ryan uses horizon lines, paddocks and the trees within them as her enduring muse.
" The rural landscape of South West Victoria has been a source of inspiration for some years now. It provides a starting point for me to explore the use of landscape as a metaphor, to convey more eternal and universal concerns such as desire for balance and harmony, serene contemplation and a connection to the spiritual.
This awareness can be keenly observed in the many layers of paint & glaze meticulously developed within her canvases. Deep & glassy, her works invite us to gaze 'into' their surfaces, to experience something of the atmosphere which she wishes to express. The stillness of these canvases is arresting. We are drawn in to an evocative world of misty serenity. "Observations of natures cycles and contrasts- growth, decay, renewal, changing light, the ambiguity and mystery offered by changing light- are translated through my painting process, to elevate the mind beyond the surface of the everyday."
Ryan's sensitivity and patience , met with her intuition for color, light. tone,confer her a unique position withing the Australian landscape tradition. Pf her practice,which involves spending three to four months on each canvas, she reflects, " The painting process is always challenging, both physically and mentally. Changes are often subtle and my paint handling often leads me to new discoveries."
Her vast expanses of space render a moment beyond the factual and offer up instead a timeless, enduring ,milieu of the sublime. One recognizes certain universal truths in all of her landscapes, an essence that the painter has seized ingeniously, to alert us to a possible empathetic relationship with life based on a synthesis with natures uplifting vision. Read Less