Paul Jonathan Ryan: Sketchbooks etc.
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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.
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 ec.europa.eu/unitedkingdom/information/exhibitions/index_...
2015 Agathe at Robert Musil Literaturmuseum, Klagenfurt, Austria
2014 Agathe at Danielle Arnaud, London*
2013 Face to Face, The Gallery @ Idea Store Whitechapel, London
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
Selected Group Exhibitions
2014-15 The Institute of Sexology. Wellcome Collection, 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
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
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.
Victoria & Albert Museum
National Gallery of Lithuania
Foundation 314, Norway
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
Hamilton, R. S. Science or Art: Which Can Tell You More About Your Sex Life? Review: vice.com 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
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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