CV: Paul Ryan: Sketchbooks etc. Contact: @stoicsketch on Instagram


Recent Projects:



An artist’s book exploring the possibility of a new novel by Robert Musil, based on Nicholas Berwin’s selection from Musil’s writings (Klagenfurter Ausgabe, with permission), and exhibited at the Robert Musil Literature Museum in Klagenfurt Austria.

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InterRailing: a cultural engine

Many artists in the 1980s and 90s travelled by train from city to town across Europe, visiting art collections, architecture, landscapes and people; usually in a concentrated month that changed their lives. Paul Jonathan Ryan's sketchbooks archive several of these journeys, and will be displayed alongside curated artworks, tickets, manuscripts, photographs, postcards, mementos and reminiscences from other UK based EU artists who also 'InterRailed'. Ryan has made sketchbooks the centre of his art practice, highlighting their unfinished and portable qualities. At a time when Europe's borders, and freedom of movement are re-examined, this exhibition highlights some past beneficiaries of a chance to roam; and considers the impact of such journeys on our shared cultural life, then and now.


CV: Born Leicester 1968, lives and works in London.

Selected One Person Exhibitions / Residencies / Curatorial Projects

* means both exhibitor and curator ** means curator

2016 InterRailing: a cultural engine

2015 Agathe at Robert Musil Literaturmuseum, Klagenfurt, Austria

2014 Agathe at Danielle Arnaud, London*

2013 Face to Face, The Gallery @ Idea Store Whitechapel, London

face to face 1

2012 Art on Fire, Camberwell Space, London* (pdf booklet).

2011 Expansive Mood, at The Mansion House, The City of London, as part of Open House*

What the Folk Say (pdf booklet 2.7mb). A series of artists' interventions, Compton Verney, Warwickshire, UK*

Manual Setting. Exhibitors show their sketchbooks. Danielle Arnaud, London*

2008 AIAS Residency/Workshop, Emmerich, Germany

2007 REBOUND, Wellcome Trust, London (11-28th October)

What Are Feelings For?, Centre for Drawing, Wimbledon College of Art, London

No Gorgios, Novas Gallery, London**

2006 Hospitalfield, ROSL Scholar's Residency, Arbroath, Scotland

HMP Bronzefield, three month residency - portraits

2005-6 Drawing for Survival, Imperial War Museum, London

2005 New Shoots, Chaos Gallery, Belgrade

Destination, Buckler’s Hard, Hampshire (and three month residency)

2004 Question mark, Wait, Error Understood, Kaunas, Lithuania *

Line, Lion Lying, Center for Drawing, London *

2003 Paper Video and One Thing Leads to Another, Museum of Foreign Art, Riga, Latvia

2002 Crossing the Border, London and Newbury, Berks *

2001 Five Quarters of an Orange, State Gallery, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Drawing Factions: 3 Artists at Greenham Common, Newbury, Berks *

2000 Codex, Contemporary Art Society, Economist Building, London

1999 Plastikk, Gallery 3, Bergen, Norway

1998 Blow Up, MK Ciurlionis State Museum of Art, Kaunas, Lithuania

Hardanger County Museum, Norway

Christopher Hull Gallery, London

1997 University of Bergen, Norway

1996 Horda Museum, Bergen, Norway

Broughton House Gallery, Cambridge (also 1993 and 1991)

1995 Travel Scholarship exhibition, ROSL, London


tear me out


Selected Group Exhibitions

2021 Nordic Summer Exhibition. Cadogan Fine Arts.

2014-15 The Institute of Sexology. Wellcome Collection, London.

2013-14 Architecture of War, Imperial War Museum, London

Re-Viewing the Landscape, Compton Verney, Warwickshire, UK

Open Work, at The Albert Building, London NW1

JAWS exhibition in the Old Library, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London

2011 Frieze Art Fair 13-16th October 2011, Epstein by Jeremy Deller and Paul Ryan at The Modern Institute

Mirror Mirror, Roma Pavilion, 54th Venice Biennale

Drawing: Interpretation/Translation. Wimbledon, Somerset and Hui Gallery, Chinese University, Hong Kong

2009 The Drawing Incident, Ghent, Belgium

The Artist's Studio, Compton Verney, Warwickshire, UK

2008-9 Unspeakable: The Artist as Witness to the Holocaust. The Imperial War Museum, London

2008 100 Years, 100 Artists, 100 Works of Art. Transport for London

Drawn Encounters. The Gallery at Wimbledon College of Art, London

Acts Actions, Cafe Gallery Projects Southwark Park London

2007 Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London

Chavi, Novas Gallery, London

Recognise, Contemporary Art Platform, London

Centre of the Creative Universe, Tate Liverpool - Epstein by Jeremy Deller and Paul Ryan

Paranoia, Freud Museum, London

2006 Paranoia, Leeds City Art Gallery, Focal Point Southend

Drawing Breath, touring until 2008

2004 Open Secret, Imperial War Museum, London

2003 Arrangement, Rhodes & Mann Gallery, London

False Impressions, University of Essex

2002 In Your Time, Percy Miller Gallery, London

2001 Jerwood Drawing Prize, Cheltenham, Hull and London

2000 Size Immaterial, British Museum, London

1999 Asylum, Milch, London

1998 Danielle Arnaud Gallery, London

1996 Royal Overseas League, London

1995 Art Forum, London

1991 Art for Equality, ICA London

1990 Mercury Gallery, London

1989 Cyril Gerber Gallery, Glasgow


dellerryan booklet cover

Epstein’s Liverpool in collaboration with Jeremy Deller at Frieze Art Fair 13-16th October 2011 with The Modern Institute; and earlier at Tate Liverpool.



British Museum: Dig

Imperial War MuseumIWM_ART_016767 Title: 'Concentrate', by Paul Ryan - high res

Victoria & Albert Museum

National Gallery of Lithuania

Foundation 314, Norway

Royal Mint

Pearson Group

Wellcome Trust

Platform for Art


Principal Grants and Awards

2015 Otto Harpner Fund at The Anglo-Austrian Society

2014-5 Nicholas Berwin Charitable Trust

2006-9 Arts and Humanities Research Council

2006 Paul Hamlyn Foundation - HMP Bronzefield

2005 British Council

2005 Arts Council England

2003 Arts & Humanities Research Board

2001 Jerwood Drawing Prize (prizewinner)

2000 London Arts Board

1999 Foundation 314, Norway (also 1998, 1997)

1995 London Arts Board

1992 Brian Ward Trust Fund, Leicester


Press & Bibliography

Turner, C. (et al.). (2014). The Institute of Sexology

Hamilton, R. S. Science or Art: Which Can Tell You More About Your Sex Life? Review: November 2014

Ryan, P. (2013) Reasons for Combining Image and Text. JAWS Issue 1

Dillon, T. (Ed.). (2012) The Roundel: 100 Artists Remake a London Icon. Transport for London

Cambell-Johnston, R. The Vibrant Renaissance of Folk Art, The Times, 21.7.2011

Grimley, T, Birmingham Post, 15.4.2011

BBC Radio 4, Saturday Review 6.9.2008

Baker, D. (2008). Breaking Beyond the Local. Third Text No. 92, Vol. 22, Issue 3. May 2008. pp407-415

Dillon, T. (Ed.). (2007). Platform for Art: Art on the Underground. Black Dog Publishing: London

Ossian Ward. Time Out. 29.8.2007

Ryan, P. and Newman A. (Ed.), (2007) The Centre for Drawing Project Space - Notes 01

Bateson, K. and Taylor, A. (2007). Drawing Breath

Baker, D. and Ryan, P. (2007). No Gorgios.

Grunenberg, C. and Knifton, R. (2007). Centre of the Creative Universe: Liverpool & The Avant-Garde

Deller, J. and Ryan, P. (2007) Epstein's Liverpool.

Conrad, P. Paranoid? This lot really ought to be. The Observer, 28.1.2007

Higgins, C. The Collaborator. The Guardian, 23.12.2006

Clark, R. The Guardian, 15.7.2006

Pajdic, P. , Pasolini, A. and Ryan, P. (Eds.). (2006) Paranoia. (Shortlisted for AXA catalogue award)

The Jackdaw, 12.2005

Christiansen, R. The Daily Telegraph, 14.1.2004

Turner, P. and Taylor, A. (2003) Foundation Course, Drawing.

Cork, R. The Times, 5.9.2001

Sorenen, B. Bergens Tidende, 12.9.1999

Petrauskaite, Z. Kauno Diena, 8.3.97 & 15.1.1998

Fasmer, H. D. Fanaposten, 14.1.1997

Brugger, K. Bergens Tidende, 10.1.1997

Berryman, L. Arts Review, 9.1991



PhD, The University of the Arts, London 2006-9, AHRC: Peirce's Semeiotic and the Implications for Æsthetics in the Visual Arts. A study of the sketchbook and its positions in the hierarchies of making, collecting and exhibiting. (28mb pdf file):

A user friendly, non-technical version of TAG from the PhD thesis can be downloaded here: Stand alone TAG (Triadic Analytic Guide) – a guide to conduct a semiotic analysis of any object, be it emotional, material or conceptual.


MA Fine Art Drawing, Wimbledon School of Art, London 2004, AHRB: Paper Video: The Status and Function of the Sketchbook in a Skeptical Environment.



2012- PhD supervision and Associate Lecturer, UAL

2012-2014 MRes Arts Practice, Course Director, Chelsea College of Art, CCW, UAL.

2010-2012 MA Art Theory, Associate Lecturer, Chelsea College of Art, CCW, UAL.

2009-2010 MA Drawing, Associate Lecturer, Camberwell College of Art, UAL.


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