Jan Manton is pleased to announce Ryan Presley as the most recent artist at her Brisbane-based gallery, Jan Manton Art.
‘Presley’s outstanding artistic potential is the motivation for taking on this young artist’, said Director Jan Manton. 'I saw his seriesBlood Money, which won the Griffith University Graduation Show 2010, and recognised his outstanding talent'.
The decision has been vindicated with this entire series being sold, within days of its release. The works were sold to a Melbourne private collector, the University of Queensland and the Griffith University collections.
Also, this week came the announcement that Presley is the recipient of the latest round of Artstart grants from the Australia Council. The award of $10,000 will assist Presley in acquiring equipment, renting studio space and enabling him to travel to Central Australia, the birthplace of his Father and thus providing the opportunity for him to meet his extended family. ‘This grant will give me the opportunity to meet my father’s relatives and to travel through his country’, saidPresley. ‘I am looking forward to learning about my father's aboriginal heritage and I plan to do new works after this visit’.
Jan Manton Art will exhibit new works by Presley in September 2011.