In The art that made me, artists discuss works in the Art Gallery of NSW collection that either inspire, influence or simply delight them. This selection by Paul Ryan first appeared in Look – the Gallery’s members magazine.
‘Some of the most interesting and powerful art being made right now is by young urban Indigenous artists like Tony Albert, Vincent Namatjira, Danie Mellor and Daniel Boyd,’ says Thirroul-based artist Paul Ryan. ‘All these artists explore ideas of colonisation and its repercussions.
‘An important aspect of my own art practice is painting about notions of colonisation,’ says Ryan, who is a finalist in both the 2019 Archibald and Sulman Prizes. ‘I strongly believe it is imperative both Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists explore this subject.’