"The landscapes, watercolour and oil, are marvellous things. The technique that creates them is mysterious and amazing. It is equally capable of catching the tumultuous rush of water, wind-driven clouds or a bare face of rock.
These paintings have something of the atmosphere of Turner's alpine watercolours and the handling is as fascinating as the intricate work of a confident abstract expressionist."
David Ryan was born in Australia. He has studied at the Central
School of Art, National Gallery of Victoria School of Art, and
Victorian College of Art and completed an MFA at RMIT in Melbourne.
In 2004, David moved to Nelson where he continues to live and
David's work deals with travel, place, mapping and memory
involving specific places and sites in the world particularly those
he has travelled to - India, the Himalayas, South East Asia, North
Africa, and Australia. His journeys emerge through his art in
totemic landscapes that represent conceptual and philosophical
perceptions of time and space. In emulation of 19th century
explorers, surveyors, amateur adventurers and artists, the
mapmaking and painted topographical images begin as sheets of paper
joined together with surgical tape and kept in a mapper's pad
whilst travelling. His method uses notations, visual fieldwork and
drawings from specific landscape and geographic sites. A
multi-media artist, David creates installation works which
demonstrate his fluid skill through painting, sculpture, electronic
music, and digital animation. David has held solo exhibitions
throughout Australia and in New Zealand, has been part of numerous
group exhibitions, and has held curatorial positions.
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