Natalie Ryan's practice explores themes that surround the aesthetic representation of the cadaver and natural sciences throughout Western history and their inclusion in contemporary art. Drawing from existing methodologies used for displaying these elements, she is interested in the process of imaging the natural world and the exchange between science and art that has allowed this. Ryan has worked with anatomical collections held in the Veterinary Department at the University of Melbourne and lectured in Anatomical Drawing working with human cadavers at Monash University. Ryan holds a PhD at Monash University Imaging the Dead: The Cadaver in Western Culture and Contemporary Art.

Recent exhibitions include Second Nature presented with Blackartprojects at Second Space Projects, Disquiet (Off You) curated by Stephanie Han for Dark Mofo, Shifting Skin at China Heights Sydney, Mortem in Imagine curated by Michael Brennan at LUMA and the VAC Bendigo, MAF Platform Pop Up: Cutler and Co curated by Barry Keldoulis at Melbourne Art Fair, Imaging the Dead at MADA Gallery, Lorne Sculpture Biennale 2016, Unnatural Selection, curated by Simon Gregg at Gippsland Art Gallery, Melbourne Art Fair, and Pretty in Pink at Linden New Art. Recent residencies and grants include, ArtStart Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Victoria VICARTS GRANTS, Recipent of major outdoor commission for Eden Gardens Sydney, Artist in Residence at The University of Melbourne Veterinary Department, Linden Studio Residency Program, Medical and Art Residency at Monash University Gippsland, APA - PhD at Monash University Caulfield and The Pratt Family Scholarship Award. Media and publications include Artist Profile Style No Chaser Magazine NYC, My Learned Object: Collections and Curiosities Ian Potter Museum of Art, Art Nation ABC National Australian Television, New Romantics: Darkness and Light in Australian Art by Simon Gregg and Trunk Books Volume 1:Hair by Suzanne Boccalatte and Meredith Jones.

Natalie Ryan is an Australian Artist based in Melbourne.


2013     PhD (Fine Art), Monash University, Caulfield Campus

2007    BFA Sculpture (Honors, 1st class), Monash University, Caulfield Campus

2005    Master Class in Facial Reconstruction, The Victorian College of the Arts

2002    Bachelor of Fine Arts Sculpture, The Victorian College of the Arts



2017    Second Nature presented with Blackartprojects at Second Space Gallery

2017    The Gruseome Twosome (The Ryan Sisters), Nicholas Projects

2016    Shifting Skin, China Heights, Sydney

2015    Mortem in Imagine, curated by Michael Brennan, Victorian Art Centre, La Trobe University, Bendigo

2014    Mortem in Imagine, curated by Michael Brennan, La Trobe University Museum of Art, Melbourne

2014    Project, Lindberg Galleries, Melbourne

2013    Imaging the Dead: PhD Exhibition, MADA Gallery, Melbourne

2013    The Ryan Sisters – Guess Who?, C3 Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne

2012    Evanescere, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne

2011     End Stage, Switchback Gallery, Gippsland

2010    Pretty in Pink, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne

2010    Unnatural Selection, curated by Simon Gregg, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale

2009    Devoid, Grantpirrie Gallery, Sydney

2009    Pretty In Pink, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne

2009    Devoid Matter, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne

2007    Static, West Space, Melbourne

2007    A Void, Kings ARI, Gallery, Melbourne



2017    Disquiet (Off You) curated by Stepahnaie Han, Dark Mofo

2017    Maverick at MCA curated by Reko Rennie (The Ryan Sisters)

2017    Soft Meat/Tender Edges, above Compass Pizza (The Ryan Sisters)

2017    ART150 9x5VCA, Margaret Lawrence Gallery

2016    The Decline of Western Civilisation, by Blackartprojects, Allpress Studios

2016    1000 Forms of Fear, curated by Carollyn Kavanagh, AEAF, Adelaide

2016    Preternatural, curated by Michael Vale, Franque, Melbourne

2016    NOTFAIR, Sign O’ the Times curated by Kirsten Rann (The Ryan Sisters)

2016    Oracular Vernacular, curated by Jake Treacy, C3 Gallery, Melbourne

2015    Horror Show, curated by The Ryan Sisters (Natalie and Pip Ryan), Strange Neighbour Gallery, Melbourne

2015    Resonance and Wonder, curated by Jake Treacy, The University of Melbourne015015

2014    MAF Pop Up, Cutler and Co, curated by Barry Keldoulis, Melbourne Art Fair

2014    Minimal/Animal, Lindberg Galleries, Melbourne

2014    Allot, Trocadero Gallery, Melbourne

2014    New, Lindberg Galleries, Melbourne

2013    Please Allow me to Introduce Myself, Strange Neighbour, Melbourne

2013    Animalised, curated by Cassandra Hard, Hungry for Arts Festival, Sydney

2013    The Ryan Sisters – The Big East, curated by Kiron Robinson, Scout Halls in Heathmont, Melbourne

2012    Where the Birds Always Sing, curated by Theodore Wohng, Ausin Tung Gallery, Melbourne

2011    Salon Show, Switchback Gallery, Gippsland

2010    The Day the Machine Started, Melbourne Art Fair - Dianne Tanzer Gallery

2010    White Hot, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne

2010    Lot This, curated by Sanne Mestrom, West Space, Melbourne

2009    Nothing out of the Ordinary, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne

2009    Sex, Death and Violence, Blindside Gallery, Melbourne

2009    Object, Michael Koro Gallery, Melbourne

2009    Skin, curated by Micheal Brennan, Shifted Gallery, Melbourne

2008    Team Australia, curated by Veronica Tello, Carlton Hotel, Melbourne

2008    CRYPTOZOOLOGY - in search of the missing link, Toyota Community Spirit Gallery

2008    Convergence, Shifted Gallery, Melbourne

2008    The Devolution Project, curated by Simon Maidment & Mark Feary, West Space Project Melbourne & USQ

2008    Debut IV, Blindside Gallery, Melbourne



2017    Recipient of Outdoor Commission, Eden Gardens Festival Sydney

2017    Finalist Footscray Art Prize

2017    Finalist Victorian Craft Awards

2016    Recipient of Primary Outdoor Commission, Eden Gardens Festival Sydney

2016    Recipient of Strange Neighbour Summer Residency

2016    Recipient of Nicholas Projects Art Prize (The Ryan Sisters)

2016    Finalist Deakin University Small Sculpture Award, Deakin University Gallery

2016    Lorne Sculpture Biennale, Lorne

2015    Recipient ArtStart Grant Australia Council for the Arts           

2014    Recipient Arts Victoria New Work Grant

2014    Finalist JUWS Photography Award, Queensland

2014    Artist in Residence Veterinary Department, University of Melbourne

2008 – 2014     Recipient Linden Artist Studio Program, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts

2012    Finalist Artecycle, Incinerator Gallery

2011    Finalist Yering Station Sculpture Award

2011    Finalist Woollahra Small Sculpture

2011    Finalist Substation Contemporary Art Prize

2008 – 2011     Recipient Australian Postgraduate Award PhD Scholarship Monash University

2010    Recipient Medical/Art Residency, Medical Department, Monash University Gippsland

2009    Finalist RBS Emerging Artist Award, Sydney

2009    Finalist Toyota Community Spirit Travel Award

2007    Finalist Woolllahra Small Sculpture Prize, Woollahra Council Chambers

2000    Recipient The Pratt Family, Scholarship Endeavor Award



 La Trobe University Museum of Art

Eden Gardens, Eden Unearthed Sydney

Private Collections in Australia

Ziehl-Abegg Australia, “In Vent” Technology Centre in Germany

Parliament House, American embassy and Royal Children's Hospital fundraising events



2014    External Examiner, Masters of Visual Art, La Trobe University, Bendigo

2011    Lecturer, Anatomical Drawing, Monash University, Caulfield/Clayton Campus

2011    Lecturer, Sculpture, Monash University, Gippsland Campus

2011    Lecturer, Drawing, Monash University, Gippsland Campus

2010    Guest Lecturer, Anatomical Drawing, NMIT, Fairfeild Campus




2017    Kane Young, Something Lurks Beneath Dark Mofo, The Mecury, 14 June 2017, P. 3

2017    WIN News TV, 'Dark MOFO, Disquiet (Off You)', 15 June 2017, 6.30pm

2017    Ryk Goddard, ABC Hobart - Breakfast radio, 14 June 2017, 7.35am

2017    Diego Ramirez, Dark Pit, dumb brun(ette)

2016    Annemarie Kiely, Franque Talk, Vogue Living Nov/Dec 2016

2016    My Learned Object Collections and Curiosities, Ian Potter Museum of Art

2015    Anthony Hagan, Comprehension Through Installations with Natalie Ryan, Artist Profile, Style No Chaser  

2015    Magazine NY, 9th March 2015           Magazine, NYC, 9 March 2015      

2015    Melissa Pessa, Horror Show, Art Almanac, 29 April 2015

2015    Jake Treacy, Resonance and Wonder, catalogue essay

2015    Edward Colless, Horrid Life, catalogue essay

2014    Stephen A Russell, Melbourne Art Fair Pop-Up Space Takes Over Cutler & Co, The Urban List

2014    Dan Rule, New, The Age, 24/5/14

2014    Michael Brennan, Mortem in Imagine, catalogue essay

2014    Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison To the Left and Back, Blindside Gallery 10 year Publication

2013    Dan Rule, Please Allow me to Introduce Myself, The Age, 14/9/13

2013    Pip Wallis, Funny Games, Stamm, September/October Issue

2013    Dan Rule, Desire to Connect, The Age 18/12/13

2012    Theodore Wohng, Where the Birds Always Sing, catalogue essay

2012    Dan Rule, Where the Birds Always Sing, The Age 30/6/12

2011    Simon Gregg, New Romantics: Darkness and Light in Australian Art, Australian Scholarly Publishing

2011    Nikita Vaz, End stage on Display, The Latrobe Valley Express, 21/4/11

2010    ABC TV, Feature on Arts Nation Program, 4/7/10

2010    ABC ARTS GATEWAY, Natalie Ryan - Art Nation Web Extra

2010    ABC, Radio interview by Gerard Callihan

2010    3MBS, Radio interview with Simon Gregg by John Sheridan

2010    Rohan Trollope, EG guide Art, The Age

2010    Emily Cormack, The Day the Machine Started, catalogue essay

2010    Art and Medicine Collide, Times-Spectator, 22/6/10

2010    Robert Nelson, Rock Art but not as we know it, The Age 287/10

2010    Edward Colless, Fine Display of Optimism, The Australian 6/8/10

2010    Robert Nelson, Images of hearth and home theatres of isolation, The Age, 17/3/2010

2010    Veronica Tello, Art Collector, Issue 51

2010    Art Gallery exhibits Unnatural Selection, Times Doamin, 2/2/10

2010    Nicole Cleary, A Fair to Remember, Mx, 28/7/10

2010    Robert Nelson, Upscale Fair, Scaled Down Range, The Age 6/8/10

2010    Simon Gregg, Of Skins and Heart, catalogue essay

2010    Jo Roberts, The Age 30/8/10

2009    Ashley Crawford, Under $5000, Art Collector Issue 49, pg194-195, July-Sept 2009

2009    Suzanne Boccalatte and Meredith Jones, TRUNK BOOKS Volume 1: HAIR

2009    Veronica Tello, Art Collector: Issue 47, pg 271, January-March 2009

2009    Frances Johnson, Sightlines Galleries: Metaphors of Morality, The Age. Pg 17, 6/2/2009

2009    Kelly Fleidner Taxonomy to Taxidermy… and all that Lies Between, catalogue essay

2009    Toby Miller Body ‘O me, wher is it?, catalogue essay

2009    Michael Brennan, The Space Between, catalogue essay

2008    Simon Gregg, A Void, Eyeline Contemporary Visual Arts: Number 67, reviews pg 70

2008    Ashley Crawford, Around the Galleries, The Age, 15/09/08

2008    Mark Feary and Simon Maidment, The Devolution Project, catalogue essay

2008    Ross Moore, Crazy Critters, The Age, 1/8/08

2008    Megan Backhouse, Art around the Galleries, The Age 9/2/2008

2008    Veronica Tello, Team Australia, catalogue essay

2008    Megan Backhouse, St. Kilda three are home free, The Age, 23/4/08

2008    Marion Piper, Debut IV, catalogue essay

2008    Amy Marjoram, A Void, catalogue essay

2009    Bundanon, New South Wales