Ryan Mosley

Ryan Mosley (b. 1980, Chesterfield, UK) is a narrative painter who uses pictorial cues — from beards to brick walls and top hats — as triggers for art historical reference, class commentary, and pure formalism. Mosley has been represented by Josh Lilley since 2020, 11 years after his appearance in the gallery’s inaugural show and a decade in which he presented multiple solo exhibitions at Alison Jacques, London; Tim Van Laere, Antwerp; and EIGEN + ART, Berlin and Leipzig. He participated in the important figurative painting survey Radical Figures at the Whitechapel Gallery in Spring 2020.

Ryan Mosley lives and works in Sheffield.


2007, MFA, Painting, Royal College of Art, London
2003, BFA, Drawing and Painting, Huddersfield University

Solo Exhibitions

The Disappearing Land, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp

Upon Peaceable Land, Galerie EIGEN + ART, Leipzig

Three Corner Field, Josh Lilley, London

Verses in Time, Larsen Warner, Stockholm

A Planets Revolution, Galerie Eigen + Art, Berlin
Rival Poets, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen

Under Moon, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp

From the Verges, Galerie Eigen+Art, Leipzig

Coup de Grâce, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp
Anatomy and the Wall, Alison Jacques, London

The Mirror Never Reflects, Galerie Eigen + Art, Berlin

Band of None, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles

Thoughts of Man, Tierney Gardarin Gallery, New York

Reversed Limbo, Eigen + Art, Berlin

Alison Jacques, London

Painting Séance, Grand Arts, Kansas City
Alison Jacques Gallery, London
Project Room, Alison Jacques, London

A Gathering, Regina Gallery, Moscow
Project Room, Alison Jacques, London

Census, Engholm Engelhorn, Vienna, Austria

Eight Years Ago and Before, Bloc Space, Sheffield

Group Exhibitions

The Kingfisher’s Wing, curated by Tom Morton, GRIMM, New York

Everyday Heroes, Hayward Gallery and Southbank Centre, London

Enjoy and Take Care!, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp
Radical Figures: Painting in the New Millennium, Whitechapel Gallery, London

Gifts for you, Galerie EIGEN + ART, Berlin
GMA XXX AAR, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen
Drawing Biennial 2019, London
The Last Waltz (For Leon), Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp

Heads Roll, Graves Gallery, Sheffield
The Wall Have Ears, Aston Hall Museum, Birmingham
Malevolent Eldritch Shrieking, Paul Morrison's Studio, Sheffield
Apartment of Mr. Reverend, Regina Gallery, Moskow
Always Trust The Artist, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp

A New kitchen Sink, Josh Lilly, London
JUMP BALL, Dio Horia, Mykonos, Greece
Everything Flows, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield
INTER YOUTH, Museum of China Academy of Art, Hangzhou

PAINTERS' PAINTER, Saatchi Gallery, London
Bühnenreif / 1. Akt (1900 - 2016), Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Remagen
Rohkunstbau XXII - Between the worlds, Kulturschloss Roskow, Roskow
Four calling birds, Satellite Berlin, Berlin
Accrochage, Galerie EIGEN + ART, Leipzig
Imagine, Brand New Gallery, Milan

offen, Galerie EIGEN + ART, Berlin
The Islanders, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen
One Day, Somthing Happens: Paintings of People, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds; Hayward Touring & Arts Council exhibition
June: A Painting Show, Sadie Coles HQ, London

Hurvin Anderson, Nick Goss, Norbert Schwontkowski, Ryan Mosley, Josh Lilley, London
100 Painters of Tomorrow, Beers Contemporary, London

Zero Hours, S1 Artspace, Sheffield
Re-opening, Eigen + Art, Berlin
on paper, Eigen + Art, Berlin

Nightfall, Modem Museum, Debrecen
London Twelve: Contemporary British Art, City Gallery, Prague
Merging Bridges, Museum of Modern Art, Baku
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London

LABOR, Galerie EIGEN + ART, Berlin, Germany
Make Believe, Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Stockholm, Sweden
FIFTEEN: 15 Years of S1 Artspace, S1 Artspace, Sheffield
Saatchi Gallery in Adelaide: British Art Now, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Visions, Monica de Cardenas Gallery, Milan, Italy
Stories Being Told, BolteLang, Zurich, Switzerland

Newspeak: British Art Now, Saatchi Gallery, London

Daily Miracles, Josh Lilley, London
Newspeak: British Art Now, Saatchi Gallery at The Hermitage, St. Petersburg
Jerwood Contemporary Painters Prize, Jerwood Space, London (touring to PSL, Leeds, Norwich Gallery, Norwich and New Pitville Gallery, Cheltenham)
Golden Agers & Silver Surfers: Old age and ageing in contemporary art, Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel

Moravia, Cell Project Space, London
Make Believe, Concrete & Glass, London
Cory Michael Project, London
The Painting Room, Transition Gallery, London

Wassail, Cell Project space, London
Summer School, Ibid Projects, London
The Great Exhibition, Royal College Of Art, London
Celeste Art Prize, Old Truman Brewery, London
Droppings, Blythe Gallery, Imperial College, London

SAUDADE, Highbury Studios, London
Seeking Tacit Utopias, Surface Gallery, Nottingham
Pleasure Yourself, Howie Street, London

Dialogues and Disclosures, Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield


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Street Music Below by Ryan Mosley, 2023
Gustave and the Siren by Ryan Mosley, 2022
Interior Pastures by Ryan Mosley, 2021
Contemplation by Ryan Mosley, 2022
The Seat of the Story by Ryan Mosley, 2021
Big Country by Ryan Mosley, 2022
A Camel Resting by Ryan Mosley, 2021
This Sedate Life by Ryan Mosley, 2021
House Music by Ryan Mosley, 2021
A Nag Heads In by Ryan Mosley, 2021
Blume de Fleur by Ryan Mosley, 2021
Ballad of the Lonely by Ryan Mosley, 2021
Camel Class by Ryan Mosley, 2021
The Good Ship Columbina by Ryan Mosley, 2021
Vinter and His Daughters by Ryan Mosley, 2021
Parlour Music by Ryan Mosley, 2021
Mother, Sister, Daughter by Ryan Mosley, 2021
A Poet by Ryan Mosley, 2021
A Returned Presence by Ryan Mosley, 2021
Infinite Wisdom by Ryan Mosley, 2021
Evergreen by Ryan Mosley, 2021
Salmon Pastures by Ryan Mosley, 2020
A Natural Plateau by Ryan Mosley, 2020
Shadows of Belshazzar by Ryan Mosley, 2020
The Passage, by Ryan Mosley, 2020
A King's Return by Ryan Mosley, 2020
The Coming of Time by Ryan Mosley, 2020
Installation View: Radical Figures  by Ryan Mosley, 2020
Installation View: Radical Figures by Ryan Mosley, 2020
Scholarly Voices by Ryan Mosley, 2020
Dutchess Of Oils  by Ryan Mosley, 2014
Under Moon by Ryan Mosley, 2018
Cave inn by Ryan Mosley, 2011
Installation View: A New Kitchen Sink by Ryan Mosley, 2017
Anaotmy and the Wall  by Ryan Mosley, 2016
Feline Enquiry by Ryan Mosley, 2014
The Educationalist by Ryan Mosley, 2014
Wandering Studio by Ryan Mosley, 2013
The Problem With History by Ryan Mosley, 2010
The Happy Cactus by Ryan Mosley, 2010
Wise Old Bean by Ryan Mosley, 2009
The King's Lean by Ryan Mosley, 2019
Installation View: Band Of None by Ryan Mosley, 2014
Smoking Decoy by Ryan Mosley, 2017
Emperor Butterfly by Ryan Mosley, 2007
Head of Plenty by Ryan Mosley, 2008
Oak Maiden by Ryan Mosley, 2008
THE DUKE by Ryan Mosley, 2008
Installation View: Reversed Limbo by Ryan Mosley, 2012
Waiting For The Romance by Ryan Mosley, 2010
Expedition to the Interior  by Ryan Mosley, 2016
Installation View: Anatomy and the Wall by Ryan Mosley, 2016
An Evening Lecture by Ryan Mosley, 2017
Muybridge Leasue Suit by Ryan Mosley, 2014
Isabelle by Ryan Mosley, 2017
Turns to Stone  by Ryan Mosley, 2018
The Sirens  by Ryan Mosley, 2019
Let in Life by Ryan Mosley, 2019
Mothers by Ryan Mosley, 2020
Venus Ballet by Ryan Mosley, 2020
Bishopsgate by Ryan Mosley, 2020
Loving Couple by Ryan Mosley, 2007
In Moderation by Ryan Mosley, 2014
Sirens by Ryan Mosley, undefined
Hunt by Ryan Mosley, 2009


Celeste Rapone + Ryan Mosley - LA Pop-up Exhibition at Josh Lilley,presenting Celeste Rapone & Ryan Mosley

Celeste Rapone + Ryan Mosley - LA Pop-up Exhibition

Group Show

Three Corner Field at Josh Lilley,presenting Ryan Mosley

Three Corner Field

Solo Show

Frieze New York at Josh Lilley,presenting Ryan Mosley

Frieze New York

Solo Show

Stains on a Decade at Josh Lilley,presenting Tom Anholt, Brian Bress, Peter Linde Busk, Gareth Cadwallader, Sarah Dwyer, Derek Fordjour, Nick Goss, Nicholas Hatfull, Christof Mascher, Rebecca Nassauer, Sarah Pichlkostner, Benedetto Pietromarchi, Belén Rodríguez , Kathleen Ryan, Analia Saban, Vicky Wright, Ryan Mosley, Celeste Rapone, Hurvin Anderson, Jack Burton, Ian Davis, Svenja Deininger, Holly Hendry, John Houck, Aliza Nisenbaum, Conrad Shawcross, Leon Kossoff, Tal R, Paula Rego, Euan Uglow & Kaari Upson

Stains on a Decade

Group Show

A New Kitchen Sink at Josh Lilley,presenting Nick Goss, Nicholas Hatfull, Vicky Wright, Ryan Mosley, Dickon Drury, Gareth Cadwallader, Lucy Stein & Tom Anholt

A New Kitchen Sink

Group Show

4 Painters 10 Works at Josh Lilley,presenting Nick Goss, Ryan Mosley, Hurvin Anderson & Norbert Schwontkowski

4 Painters 10 Works

Group Show

Daily Miracles at Josh Lilley,presenting Vicky Wright, Sarah Dwyer, Peter Linde Busk, Carla Busuttil, Nick Goss, Ryan Mosley, Matthew Musgrave, Matthew Burrows, Ian Whitfield & Valerie May

Daily Miracles

Group Show