Lewis Center Past Fellows

Ryan Gander

Ryan Gander headshot

Photo by Tom Mannion


Ryan Gander is an artist living and working in Suffolk and London. He has established an international reputation through artworks that materialize in many different forms from sculpture to film, writing, graphic design, installation, performance and more besides.

Through associative thought processes that connect the everyday and the esoteric, the overlooked and the commonplace, Gander’s work involves a questioning of language and knowledge, a reinvention of the modes of appearance and creation of an artwork. His work can be reminiscent of a puzzle, a network with multiple connections, the fragments of an embedded story, a huge set of hidden clues to be deciphered, encouraging viewers to make their own connections and invent their own narrative in order to solve the charade with its many solutions, staged by the artist.

Gander studied at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, NL and the Jan van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht, NL. He was awarded the 2007 Paul Hamlyn Award for Visual Arts, in 2006 won the ABN AMRO prize of the Netherlands, in 2005 he was short listed for the British art Prize ‘Becks Futures’ at the ICA in London and won the Baloise Art Statement Prize at Art Basel, in 2009 he was awarded the Zürich Art Prize.

Alongside his artistic production, Gander is a visiting lecturer at a selection of art schools within Europe, previously being a Professor of Fine Arts at Huddersfield University, and has been presented the award of Doctor of Arts of the Manchester Metropolitan University, Honoris Causa, and at the University of Suffolk. In 2017 he was awarded an OBE for services to contemporary arts. In 2019 he was awarded the Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University.

Recent solo shows have been held at Esther Schipper, Berlin, DE; BASE / Progetti per l’arte, Florence, IT, gb Agency, Paris, FR, TARO NASU, Tokyo, JP Lisson Gallery, London, UK; The National Museum of Art, Osaka, JP; Hyundai Gallery, Seoul, SK; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, CA; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, AU; Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore, SG; Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK.

Major projects include Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art 2018, Liverpool, UK; Sydney Biennale 2018, Sydney, AU; Performa 15, New York, US; British Art Show 8, Leeds, UK; Panorama, High Line, New York, US; Imagineering, Okayama Castle, Okayama, JP; The artists have the keys, 2 Willow Road, London, UK; Unlimited, Art Basel, Basel, CH; Parcours, Art Basel, Basel, CH; Esperluette, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR; dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, G; Locked Room Scenario, commissioned by Artangel, London, UK; ILLUMInations at the 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale; Intervals at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NYC, US and The Happy Prince, Public Art Fund, Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park, NYC, US.

Recent publications include The Annotated Reader, Picasso and I, rRemai mModern, Fieldwork, the Complete Reader, Bedford Press; a monograph by the artist, entitled Culturefield, published by Koenig Books; Artist’s Cocktails, Dente-de-Leone; The boy that always looked up, Lisson Gallery; Ampersand, Dente-de-Leone; Catalogue Raisonnable Vol: 1, co-published by JRP Ringier and Westreich/Wagner Publications.

Public Collections:

  • Arts Council Collection, London, UK
  • The Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam, NL
  • British Council, London, UK
  • Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, US
  • Carré d’art, Musée d’Art Contemporain, Nimes
  • Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, Fukuoka, JP
  • Fnac, Paris, FR
  • Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, MX
  • FRAC du Nord Pas-de-Calais, Calais, FR
  • Frac Haute Normandie, Rouen, FR
  • Frac Ile de France, Paris, FR
  • Government Art Collection, London, UK
  • Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart , DE
  • Kulturbesitz, DE
  • Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, CH
  • Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, F
  • MacBA, Barcelona MaMBO, Bologna, IT
  • MCA Chicago, US
  • MUMOK, Wien, AT
  • Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, MX
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York, US
  • Musée D'Art Contemporain De Montréal, Montréal, CA
  • Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej w Warszawie The National Museum of Art, Osaka, JP
  • Tate Collection, London, UK
  • Welsh Museum, Cardiff, UK


Ryan Gander takes viewers inside his studio to virtually experience his exhibition” — Natural and Conventional Signs, exhibition available on-demand Feb. 5-26, 2021 | Design Boom, Feb. 23, 2021