About



About

Ryan Ahern is an Australian painter whose launch and debut exhibition was held at the celebrated Orangery Gallery under gallerist, concert pianist and conductor Mark Coughlan. He has exhibited alongside notable artists such as John Cullinane and Michael Doherty. His work is primarily abstract-figurative and is marked by a dark, nostalgic and a subdued realism, reminiscent of 20th century Post-Impressionism.

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. Ryan's work has been collected by dignitaries and public figures, including board members of PICA (Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts) and The Weld Club. He is predominently represented by The Orangery Gallery, Juniper Galleries, Blush Retail Gallery and Kamile Gallery.

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.

Artist Statement

Paintings are a potential window into the inherent symbiotic relationships in life; the tension between order and chaos, light and darkness, hope and tragedy, and beauty and ugliness which seem to intertwine as though they are the same melody. If painting succeeds in becoming an authentic realisation of that tension then it has transcended the point where words may suffice. Thus, the more authentic the work, the more difficult it becomes to explain. The nearest I may come to explaining a painting would be to talk of the stories that influence my life 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

SWOON, Feb 2022, Juniper Galleries, Darlington

MODERN HOLIDAY, Dec 2021, Kamile Gallery, Claremont

LIFELINE 20x20, Group Show, Dec 2021, Juniper Galleries, Darlington

À LA DÉRIVE, Debut Solo Exhibition, Oct 2021, The Orangery Gallery, Shenton Park

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, Shenton Park

EMBODY, 3rd Nov 2020, Blush Retail Gallery, Albany

NEW MASTERS, OLD VISIONS, 18 Sep 2020, The Orangery Gallery, Shenton Park

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

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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