b. 1965, Australia

Sue Ryan Biography

A seasoned artist working in northern Australia for many years, Ryan’s sustained commitment is to record the more eccentric but sometimes metaphysical dimensions of tropical life in far north Queensland. Her achievement in Mongrel is to have nailed a raw and real aspect of the term ‘companion animal’, albeit one less recognised in metropolitan settings. She noted, ‘I was talking to rangers and one of them said, “that ghost net is a real mongrel”. I thought it funny he said that when I'd been making dogs, hence the show’s title.’

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Amusing and serious, tough and tender, Ryan is an artist with heart and generous talent. Collaboration with indigenous artists and the ghost net movement over the past six years confirmed her commitment to community and cultural development. Now Sue Ryan’s sculptural gift is at the front and centre of Mongrel.

Text courtesy Martin Browne Contemporary.

Sue Ryan Featured Artworks

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Standing Dog by Sue Ryan contemporary artwork sculpture
Sue RyanStanding Dog, 2015Ghost net, galvanized wire, fishing line
53 x 65 x 26 cm
Martin Browne Contemporary Enquire
McIvor's Dog by Sue Ryan contemporary artwork sculpture
Sue RyanMcIvor's Dog, 2013Galvanised wire, chicken wire, ghost net, fishing line and oil paint
28 x 100 x 35 cm
Martin Browne Contemporary Enquire
Red by Sue Ryan contemporary artwork sculpture
Sue RyanRed, 2013Galvanized wire, chicken wire, ghost net, retrieved synthetic rope and fishing line
47 x 51 x 41 cm
Martin Browne Contemporary Enquire
Scruffy by Sue Ryan contemporary artwork sculpture
Sue RyanScruffy, 2013Galvanized wire, chicken wire, ghost net, retrieved synthetic rope and fishing line
48 x 71 x 20 cm
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Martin Browne Contemporary
Spirit Bitch by Sue Ryan contemporary artwork sculpture
Sue RyanSpirit Bitch, 2013Galvanized wire, chicken wire, ghost net, fishing line, rubber thong, oil paint
62 x 114 x 40 cm
Martin Browne Contemporary Enquire
Alpha Dog by Sue Ryan contemporary artwork sculpture
Sue RyanAlpha Dog, 2013Galvanized wire, chicken wire, ghost net, fishing line, rubber thong, cast resin eyes, oil paint
75 x 100 x 42 cm
Martin Browne Contemporary Enquire
McIvor's Dog by Sue Ryan contemporary artwork sculpture
Sue RyanMcIvor's Dog, 2013Galvanized wire, chicken wire, ghost net, fishing line, oil paint
28 x 100 x 35 cm
Martin Browne Contemporary Enquire
The Stalker by Sue Ryan contemporary artwork sculpture
Sue RyanThe Stalker, 2013Galvanized wire, chicken wire, ghost net, fishing line, taxidermy eye, oil paint
51 x 125 x 44 cm
Martin Browne Contemporary Enquire

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