John Ryrie 'Aesop and Punch'

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John Ryrie’s work is underpinned by an affinity for printmaking. He is drawn to symbolism and expressionism, in particular the woodcuts prints of late 19th century Edvard Munch (the artist best known for ‘The Scream’), Japanese artist Shiko Munakata and William Blake.

Ryrie’s ‘Aesop and Punch’ is a graphic, humorous image. Two figures twist together, one the Greek fabulist Aesop and the other Punch, the famed puppet show character. The scene is discombobulating, tragi-comic in its absurdity.

Ryrie is an esteemed printmaker. He was awarded the Grand Prize in the Silk Cut Award for Linocut Prints and a finalist in the Geelong acquisitive print awards, and is represented at the National Gallery of Australia. For collectors of contemporary prints, ‘Aesop and Punch’ is an intriguing find. It comes from the artist’s curation of fifty prints, exhibited at Geelong Gallery.

John RYRIE (1961 - )
'Aesop and Punch' 2007
woodblock on paper
Edition of 50
Image Size: 20 x 20 cm
Dimensions: 25 x 25 cm
Signed: Signed 'John Ryrie', titled, dated and editioned in margin. With John Ryrie embossed seal in lower corner.
Comes with Letter of Provenance

Part of a print exchange between 50 Victorian artists, curated by Rona Green. This selection of works highlights the richness and diversity of the print medium as well as the strength of current practice. This collection was exhibited in Green’s hometown at Geelong Art Gallery in 2007 to 2008.

Condition: Excellent

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