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Featuring Canberra ceramic artist Monika Leone and regular  exhibitions by some of Australia's most talented artists.

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Rainforests –
The forgotten landscapes of Australian art
Paintings of NSW rainforests by Phil Ryan
8th April - 3rd May 2009
Featuring aspects of sub-tropical, warm temperate, cool temperate and littoral rainforests of mainly northern NSW. 
Acrylics and mixed media all beautifully framed in native Australian wood.
 All photos are copyright - None are to be used in any way without written permission from the artist
For more information read the media release

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Bangalow Octopus
Sherwood Nature Reserve NSW, 2009
Acrylics and mixed media on MDF
1213 x 808 mm



Rooted in Dorrigo
Dorrigo National Park NSW, 2007
Acrylics and mixed media on MDF
910 x 1220 mm

Dorrigo Rainforest #1
Dorrigo National Park NSW, 2007
Acrylics and mixed media on MDF
1220 x 910 mm

 
 
 
 

 


Bruxner Park Rainforest #1
Bruxner Park NSW, 2008
Acrylics and mixed media on MDF
1220 x 910 mm

Bruxner Park Rainforest #2
Bruxner Park NSW, 2008
Acrylics and mixed media on MDF
610 x 820 mm

Bundagen Strangler
Bongil Bongil National Park NSW, 2008
Acrylics and mixed media on MDF
910 x 1210 mm

Staghorns and Paperbarks
Bongil Bongil National Park NSW, 2008
Acrylics and mixed media on MDF
610 x 807 mm

Paperbark Entanglement Quartet: #1, First pannel of quartet
Coffs Creek Reserve NSW, 2008
Acrylics and mixed media on MDF
807 x 602 mm

Paperbark Entanglement Quartet: #2, Second pannel of quartet
Coffs Creek Reserve NSW, 2008
Acrylics and mixed media on MDF
807 x 602 mm

Paperbark Entanglement Quartet: #3, Third pannel of quartet
Coffs Creek Reserve NSW, 2008
Acrylics and mixed media on MDF
807 x 602 mm

Paperbark Entanglement Quartet: #4, Fourth pannel of quartet
Coffs Creek Reserve NSW, 2008
Acrylics and mixed media on MDF
807 x 602 mm

Strangler's Embrace
Bongil Bongil National Park NSW, 2008
Acrylics and mixed media on MDF
605 x 945 mm

Bird's Nest Fern
Border Ranges National Park NSW, 2008
Acrylics on MDF
605 x 935 mm

Antarctic Beech Copse
Border Ranges National Park NSW, 2008
Acrylics on MDF
1200 x 900 mm

Liana Sigil
Bodalla State Forest NSW, 2008
Acrylics and mixed media on MDF
1200 X 900 mm

Serpent in the Garden
Toonumbar National Park NSW, 2009
Acrylics and mixed media on MDF
608 x 912 mm

Coachwood Brushbox
Cascade National Park NSW, 2008
Acrylics and mixed media on MDF
600 x 900 mm

Emergent Canopy #1
Toonumbar National Park NSW, 2009
Acrylics and mixed media on MDF
912 x 606 mm

Emergent Canopy #2
Toonumbar National Park NSW, 2009
Acrylics and mixed media on MDF
907 x 605 mm

Emergent Canopy #3
Toonumbar National Park NSW, 2009
Acrylics and mixed media on MDF
912 x 606 mm

Dragon Drapery
Toonumbar National Park NSW, 2009
Acrylics and mixed media on MDF
605 x 907 mm

Dorrigo National Park NSW, 2009
Acrylics and mixed media on MDF
607 x 898 mm

New England Squatter
New England National Park NSW, 2009
Acrylics and mixed media on MDF
915 x 607 mm

Media Release
Rainforests – the forgotten landscapes of Australian art

While national parks have saved what little is left of our rainforests, research scientist turned professional artist Phil Ryan now wants to bring them into their rightful place in Australia’s art world.

His latest exhibition of distinctive paintings called " Rainforests – Art’s Forgotten Landscape" on show at Mawson Gallery features scenes from a number of NSW's diverse range of rainforests - from sub-tropical, warm temperate, cool temperate, and littoral rainforests of mainly northern NSW. 

The exhibition will be opened by Professor Peter Kanowski, Professor of Forestry at the Australian National University on Wednesday,  8th April.

Phil, a former Canberran, became a full time painter in 2005 after more than 25 years as a scientist with Forests NSW and CSIRO Forestry and Forest Products.

He now works from a studio in the old Kunama Public School house south of Batlow.

"Our rainforests just do not figure large in Australian art” says Phil.

“It’s true that some of the early colonial paintings depicted the wet forests of Victoria, but compared to the impressionists’ delight in old stately eucalypts and pastoral scenes, rainforests have not inspired Australia's landscape painters.

“There are some obvious reasons for this avoidance. Rainforests are inhospitable places for artists. 

“They are dark, wet and humid with many irritations such as insects, ticks, leeches, stinging trees and lawyer vines that make open air painting inconvenient and impractical at best. 

“The sheer amount and diversity of rainforest vegetation means there are few panoramic views where backgrounds are visible except in rare clearings or streams. You can only see short distances and there is a lot of foreground ‘noise’ such as vines, ferns and shrubs.

“At ground level, light is limited by the mass of vegetation in fierce competition through buttress roots, lianas, strangler figs and epiphytes.” 

Phil says another reason for neglect of rainforest in Australian landscape art could be their apparent lack of distinctive “Australian” landscape features. 

“The nationalistic icons of the gum tree and desert mountain range are instantly identifiable as Australian whether painted by Streeton, Heysen, Namatjira, Nolan or Hart. 

“But could you recognize a rainforest landscape as being Australian instead of Papuan or Indonesian or South American?” 
 

Phil believes there are distinctive Australian rainforest features and he has explored them in this, his third solo show.

Phil has produced paintings using textural relief and partial 3D sculptural features to enhance perspective and capture various rainforest traits. 

“I wanted to represent some of the unique features of rainforests that strike any visitor to these landscapes - their dense, diverse, multi-layered vegetation all completing for survival. 

“Distinctive sculptural forms of buttress roots, aerial roots, lianas, vines, epiphytes and palm fronds produce unusual forms and textures.” 

“I wanted to capture the feeling of claustrophobia and ominous resonances you sometimes get in rainforests,” he said. 

“Rainforests – Art’s Forgotten Landscape” exhibition begins at MAWSON GALLERY, 63 Wilkins Street, Mawson on April 8 and runs until May 3.  Opening hours are 10.30am – 5.30pm Wednesday to Sunday. Or by appointment anytime.  Phone 6161 217. 

Further information about Phil Ryan and his art is available at: www.myopiclandscapes.com.au
 

Recent Exhibitions:

(Please contact us if you are interested in any available works from these recent exhibitions)
Isabel Cisneros-Flexible Sculpture from Venezuela
Annual Exhibition by members of Art in Miniature (AIM) Canberra
An exhibition of select art works by Indigenous inmates
Mother and Son - Caroll and Peter Pichelmann - Oils and textile and fibre works
Group exhibition by members of Art in Miniature (AIM) Canberra
Hanging Together-Group exhibition by members of the Artists Society of Canberra
Ian Sharpe - The Essence of Being Textured acrylics on canvas
Joy Georgeson - Ceramic Sculpture
Jacqueline Lewis - Ikbana Sculptural Vessels
Vicki & Tracey Lianos: Sculptural art jewellery. Matt de Marco: Glass object & sculptural pieces
Nature and Cityscapes - Shirley Crapp, Justine Dunmore, Marie Graham
Lorna Crane, Jo Hollier, Maryann Mussared - Mixed media, prints, objects - read media release
Rick Godfrey landscape/nature acrylics - read media release
Sarah Rice "Carrying Over" ceramic platters - read media release
Linda Davey ceramics and Soraya Takalou oils - media release
Contempoary Indigenous sculpture and paintings by Liz mcNiven
Riverina Breeze - Noel Hicks, Karen Bellincanta and Lorraine Blackwell
Oils by Ritchey Sealy and "Soda Vapour" Ceramics by Robyn Gough
Duality - Ceramics by susan Harper and Acrylics by Kerry Shepherdson
Oils by Emilia Rossi and Hebel block indoor/outdoor sculpture by Lars Nissen
Common Ground - Sculpture by Berendina de Ruiter, Peter King & Sebastiano Leta
Textures - textile art by Trevor and Beth Reid and Christine Rushall
Viv Martin - Beaches, Bods and the Odd Muso
Dwellings - textiles by Belinda Jessup, Martine Peters, Emma Rees, Lucie Verhelst
Geolittoral - paintings & photographs by bushwalking siblings Anne & John Tassie
Liliana Johnsona and Kerry Shepherdson
Nicola Dickson and James Dixon

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