Denis Ryan portrait a work of inspiration

Colin Rowe with his portrait of Mildura man Denis Ryan which he entered in the Archibald prize this year. Picture: Ben Gross

Colin Rowe with his portrait of Mildura man Denis Ryan which he entered in the Archibald prize this year. Picture: Ben Gross

WHEN artist Colin Rowe moved to Sunraysia 12 months ago he was drawn to an article written about Mildura detective Denis Ryan.

That article sparked the inspiration behind Rowe’s recent entry in the Archibald prize.

“I thought what an amazing man, someone should paint him, so I did,” Mr Rowe  said.

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