Paul Ryan:    CV, PhD & TAG  - What the Folk Say (pdf 2.7mb)  -  What Are Feelings For? Centre for Drawing Notes 01 (pdf 1.5mb)

Unspeakable - Drawing for Survival (book 64  65)  -  World as a Stage (Portraits)  -  Rebound: at Wellcome  -  Epstein's Liverpool  

Institute of Sexology at Wellcome - Flickr (Sketchbooks) -    



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.






Flickr (Sketchbooks)

Tear Me Out: Hang Me Up   

At Compton Verney, 13 July - 22 September 2013.
 Re-Viewing the Landscape

Face to Face

14 February – 10 March 2013

The Gallery @ Idea Store Whitechapel presents a solo show by Paul Ryan, bringing together a selection of recent work inspired by the gallery’s context.

Ryan is interested in the ways in which the Idea Store, as a hive of activity, represents a site of different dialogues between people, things and information. As well as being a meeting place, it also brings together texts and images in the pages of thousands of books and the web, which in turn provoke thought and communication. Inside and outside merge and reflect each other in the architecture of the building and as people come and go. In short, the Idea Store exemplifies a location for different encounters, both planned and accidental.

The exhibition will consist of an eclectic range of works which echo these ideas of convergence on a variety of levels. Several open sketchbooks, as well prints twinned with their printing plates, present the motif of doubling and ways in which thoughts and images are produced and circulated. Also included is a changing display of objects that represent the double: photographs; photocopies; a selection of found objects, such as two halves of a broken plate or a split open gourd.

Ryan’s main medium is drawing. He is best known for his sketchbooks, which over the years, he has filled with drawings, watercolours, notes and doodles, effectively creating a log of visual and written thoughts as he responds to the world around him. 

Paul Ryan (b. 1968, Leicester) lives and works in London. He is an artist and curator and holds a PhD from the University of the Arts, London, where he also teaches. Recent exhibitions include Drawing: Interpretation/Translation, Hui Gallery, Chinese University, Hong Kong (2011); What Are Feelings For?, Centre for Drawing, Wimbledon College of Art, London (2007). Recent exhibitions curated by Ryan include What the Folk Say, Compton Verney, Warwick (2011); Manual Setting, Danielle Arnaud, London (2011).

The Gallery @ Idea Store Whitechapel

321 Whitechapel Road 

London, E1 1BU


Art on Fire: Setting: a sketchbook performance

Until 11th December 2011: What the Folk Say (pdf booklet 2.7mb)

Curated by Antonia Harrison and Paul Ryan




Jeremy Deller and Paul Ryan                                                                                    


Epstein’s Liverpool at Frieze Art Fair 13-16th October 2011 with The Modern Institute; and earlier at Tate Liverpool.              Portrait of John Hough for Pocket Tube Map



Expansive Mood at The Mansion House, The City of London 17 & 18th September 2011 as part of the Open House Weekend

Including works by: Nick Bailey, Amy Bear, Daniel Baker, William Cobbing, Paul Coldwell, Naomi Dines, Dunhill & O'Brien, Earl of Bedlam, Victoria Haviland, Russell Hill, Declan Jenkins, Billy Kerry, Zuza Mengham, Roxy Minter, Isaac Murai-Rolfe, Paul Ryan, Joe Sutherland, Sarah Woodfine, Elizabeth Wright.



Mirror Mirror

by Daniel Baker and Paul Ryan

for The Roma Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2011:

Call the Witness, the Roma Pavilion, was a collateral event in the framework of the 54th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale die Venezia, 2011. It was organized by Open Society Foundations, and developed and realized by BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht under the artistic directorship of Maria Hlavajova. Digital venue:



Paul Ryan 


Born Leicester 1968, lives and works in London





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  - broadband 1 min).

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.

Selected One Person Exhibitions / Residencies / Curatorial Projects*

* means both exhibitor and curator    ** means curator

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*

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

            What the Folk Say (pdf 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.

2014    Architecture of War, Imperial War Museum London

2013    Re-Viewing the Landscape, Compton Verney, Warwickshire, UK

            Open Work, at The Albert Building, London NW1

2011    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



British Museum

Imperial War Museum

Victoria & Albert Museum

National Gallery of Lithuania

Foundation 314, Norway

Royal Mint

Pearson Group

Wellcome Trust

Platform for Art


Principal Grants and Awards

2014     Nicholas Berwin Charitable Trust

2014     Otto Harpner Trust, Anglo-Austrian Society

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. Wellcome Collection, London. 2014

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

Morgan, J & Wood, C. The World as a Stage. Tate 2007 (see portraits here)

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



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.


Paul Ryan:    CV, PhD & TAG  - What the Folk Say (pdf 2.7mb)  -  What Are Feelings For? Centre for Drawing Notes 01 (pdf 1.5mb) -  Unspeakable

Drawing for Survival (book 64  65)  -  World as a Stage (Portraits)  -  Rebound: at Wellcome  -  Epstein's Liverpool  -

Institute of Sexology Wellcome Collection, London.