About

About

Ryan Ahern is an Australian contemporary painter and photographer. His work is primarily abstract figurative and is marked by a dark, nostalgic and a subdued realism, reminiscent of 20th century Post-Impressionism. He was born in Perth Australia and for the later part of his life has lived abroad, from far-eastern Siberia, to Borneo, to the Middle East. He often works from his Perth studio in Australia in the summer months and resides in Europe during the winter season.

Ryan is currently a life drawing instructor and former Artist-in-Residence at the Midland Junction Arts Centre (MJAC) and teaches art at various educational institutions. His work can be found in a variety of private collections and in public exhibitions. His launch and debut exhibition was held at the celebrated Orangery Gallery under gallerist, concert pianist and conductor Mark Coughlan and he has exhibited alongside notable artists such as John Cullinane and Michael Doherty.

Artist Statement

Paintings are an exploration and extension of the way in which I see the inherent symbiotic relationships in life. The tension between light and darkness, hope and tragedy, beauty and contortion, order and chaos which forever intertwine in melody. If it succeeds in becoming a true and authentic realisation of that tension then it has possibly transcended the point where words may suffice. Thus, the more authentic I feel the work is, the more difficult it becomes to explain. The nearest I may come is to reference the narratives that define my existence and from where the desire and struggle to create originates. One's hope is that art may have something to say where words fail. It is a relentless pursuit of the transcendent.

Exhibitions & Shows


Solo Show (Coming 2021, TBA)

'Divine', May 2021, Juniper Galleries, Darlington

'Regeneration', March 2021, Juniper Galleries, Darlington

'Midsummer', Nov 29 2020, Juniper Galleries, Darlington

End-of-Year Group Show, 1st Dec 2020, The Orangery Gallery, Perth.

'Embody', 3rd Nov 2020, Blush Retail Gallery, Albany

'New Masters, Old Visions', 18 Sep 2020, The Orangery Gallery, Perth.

City of Rockingham Art Awards, 20 May 2019, Rockingham Arts Centre

Midland Open Studios, 2019, Midland Junction Arts Centre MJAC, City of Swan.




Residencies & Abroad

Artist in Residence, Jan - April 2019, MJAC in association with Mundaring Arts Centre and City of Swan

Painting Workshop with Martin Campos, Madrid Spain, Sept 2019. The Art Digger Lab


Workshops

For upcoming Workshops contact MJAC
https://www.midlandjunctionartscentre.com.au/workshops-and-events
In association with Mundaring Arts Centre / City of Swan
276 Great Eastern Highway (Corner Cale St)
Midland WA 6056

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EXPRESSIVE FIGURE DRAWING WITH RYAN AHERN
Midland Junction Arts Centre (MJAC)
June 6, 2019

EXPRESSIVE FIGURE DRAWING WITH RYAN AHERN
Midland Junction Arts Centre (MJAC)
October 8, 2019

DRAWING FORM WITH RYAN AHERN
Midland Junction Arts Centre (MJAC)
November 12, 2019

PERTH COLLEGE - Life Drawing Workshop
School Excursion
7th of Feb 2020

1-DAY LIFE DRAWING WITH RYAN AHERN
Midland Junction Arts Centre (MJAC)
August 23, 2020

FUNDAMENTALS OF LIFE DRAWING WITH RYAN AHERN
Midland Junction Arts Centre (MJAC)
September 1, 2020

PERRY LAKES LIFE DRAWING GROUP
2-DAY Workshop, Floreat
January 2021

EXPRESSIVE SKETCHING WITH RYAN AHERN
Midland Junction Arts Centre (MJAC)
May 8, 2021 - May 15, 2021

EXPRESSIVE PAINTING WITH RYAN AHERN
Midland Junction Arts Centre (MJAC)
June 5, 2021 - June 12, 2021