Ryan is a painter and printmaker currently living in Austin, TX. He graduated with a BA in Studio Art from Washington and Lee University in 2015. His work examines time, space, and memory through process and repetition. Drawn to the surprise of beauty through experimentation, he works slowly and methodically to conjure atmospheres and compositions that lure viewers in. Thoughtful but restless, he often switches media or fixates on certain forms. He finds inspiration in a number of artists, but especially in Anselm Kiefer, Cy Twombly, Mark Rothko, Makoto Fujimura, and others who invoke spiritual presence in their work. The art reveals and explores, ultimately, the idea of the ‘sacred’ as it can be plucked from a moment in time.
My work is a slow search for the Sacred and Beautiful. I make paintings, prints, and drawings that extract and live on their own.
I’m enthralled by the parts of the human experience that are mysterious, and I view my artistic role as an explorer. I frequently reference spiritual vocabulary, archetypal forms, and images extracted from nature to declare a universal, grand existence. I’m drawn to the intersection of ritual and experimentation, hoping that language fails to adequately describe the art, rejoicing when I can’t retrace my steps. My working principle is to “draw the drawing,” by extracting from previous pieces, so that my marks and forms have a lifespan that mimics my human experience and memory.
My art is an effort against the cynicism and pettiness of the Information Age. With an eye towards artists who balance sincerity with vigilance, I’m guided by the past art of Twombly, Rothko, and Frankenthaler, and the contemporary work of Makoto Fujimura, Julie Mehretu, and Anselm Kiefer, among many others.