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Paul Ryan

Title
Kembla, Mount Kembla
Medium
oil on linen
Dimensions
201 x 350.5 cm
Further information

In 1922, DH Lawrence and his wife Frieda came to Thirroul, about an hour south of Sydney, by train. It was here that he wrote the novel Kangaroo, in which he described ‘the town that slid down at the bush-covered foot of the dark tor’. I have lived beneath this dark tor for most of my life. It is omnipresent, it shields us and acts as a gilded cage. In summer, spring and early morning, it captures the sun and glows. But in winter, it stands against the western sky as a dark fortress, blocking our escape and most of the afternoon sun. This a painting of a deep love of place.

Paul Ryan, 2018

Highly commended in the Wynne Prize 2018