Peninsula-based artist and designer Charlie Ryan is launching his latest solo exhibition in Red Hill in June. Coinciding with the winter solstice, 'Harvest' will be held at Butterfly Gallery as a celebration of community, art and culture.
It follows Charlie’s two previous successful solo winter exhibitions on the Mornington Peninsula: 'Cocoon' at Kerri Greens in 2021, and '22' at Stoker Studio in 2022.
Having previously painted from a studio at the former home and private gallery of his father – fellow artist Gee (Gerald) Ryan – Charlie’s new collection is a celebration of his first five years living in Red Hill.
“It’s been the best five down-and-up years of my life,” he said. “I am excited to be able to bring this collection to exhibition, to be doing it with the team at Butterfly, and to be sharing it within the very heart of this incredible community and place that I call home.”
The exhibition of predominately abstract paintings includes Charlie’s third series of 'Cocoons' – an annual collection of beautiful, paired artworks – as well as his submission for the 2023 Archibald Prize, a self-portrait depicting the period of anticipation before the birth of his first child, Rose, earlier this year.
Harvest is on from June 16-25 at Butterfly Gallery, 138 Arthurs Seat Rd, Red Hill. It will be opened by Peninsula artist Michael Leeworthy on Friday, June 16, with drinks from 4-8pm. A family day featuring activities, live performances and a Smoking Ceremony will take place on Sunday, June 18, from 10am-4pm.