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Sally Ryan

Sally is a professional artist with a style best described as "contemporary realism" and includes works in graphite, charcoal and oil with life-like representation of the subject being of utmost importance.

She has been a finalist in some of Australia's most prestigous art prizes including the Archibald and Moran Prizes.

With formal qualifications in design and teaching she is a great tutor and mentor for anyone looking to either improve their skills or pursue a career based in the visual arts.

Qualifications & Career Highlights

Winner ...

Kennedy Prize (2013),   Mortimore Prize Small Painting (2011)

Finalist ... 

Archibald Prize (2013),  Black Swan Portrait Prize (2013),  Doug Moran Portrait Prize (2012), Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize (2012), Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing (2012, 2011), Nora Heysen Centennial Prize for Still Life (2011), Portia Geach Memorial Prize (2010),  Mortimore Prize (2010, 2008)  

Selcted Works - Widget

Sally Ryan, an Australian artist living and working in Sydney, began her career as a graphic designer before moving into teaching. It was not long, however, before she returned to the visual arts, pursuing an interest in pattern and design through painting ceramics.

She won several prizes in this medium and completed a number of commemorative commissions for various institutions during this time. For many years drawing and painting the human figure has been a passion for Sally and this has led to her focus on portraiture and figure painting.

Design has become a compositional feature in some of her portrait paintings with backgrounds consisting of strong colour, pattern and design. Other works are more traditional and this is influenced by the nature and interests of the person she is painting.

Awards / Group Exhibitions

2014 - Shades of Reality - Group Exhibition, Mary Place Gallery
             PAA - Group Exhibition, Australian Embassy, Washington, USA
2013 - Finalist Black Swan Portrait Prize
             Finalist Archibald Prize
             Shades Of Reality - Group Exhibition, Mary Place Gallery
             PAA Multicultural Australia Exhibition , Parliament House, Sydney
2012 - Winner Still Life - Mortimore Prize
             Finalist Doug Moran National Portrait Prize
             Finalist Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize
             Finalist Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing
             Portrait Artists Australia Book Launch Exhibition
2011 - Winner Small Painting - Mortimore Prize
             Finalist Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing
             Finalist Nora Heysen Centennial Prize for Still Life ( with judge's commendation)
2010 - Finalist Portia Geach Memorial Prize -
             Finalist Mortimore Prize
2008 - Finalist Mortimore Prize