Tuesday, March 25, 2014
I've just finished a catalogue essay (entitled Dandies and Lions) for Paul Ryan's upcoming show at Gallery Ecosse, Exeter. This is the first art essay I've put together and it's come up well. Paul's happy with it, that's the main thing. We've corresponded via email and phone, but I'm yet to meet the Thirroul-based artist. His fresh canvasses (mainly portraits in thick oils) are confronting, bizarre, polarising and absolutely essential. Paul has a lot to say about Australian masculinity - much of this show addresses how men need to find their sensitive sides through nature and dressing up in extravagant clothes from bygone eras. Some of it is also a comment on our dark white-indigenous origins. Make sure you see get to Ecosse in April.
LJ, 26 March 2014.