Contemporary realist - portrait artist
Sally Ryan is an Australian portrait artist living and operating in Sydney. Guided by the work of the Flemish masters – Vermeer, Rembrandt, Dou – her style is best described as contemporary realism.
Before portraiture became her primary focus, Sally had worked for a number of years in both the graphic and ceramic arts. These practices laid the foundation for the patterning and detail her art is noted for today.
The human subject, though, remained a point of interest throughout her career. After a few years of intensive study at the Julian Ashton Art School (including a Scholarship in 2010), portraiture and figurative art had become her passion.
Sally now works in oils, graphite and charcoal and has been hung in shows and competitions across Australia and internationally. She teaches portrait and figurative painting at the Julian Ashton Art School and is also available for commissions.