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About Ryan

Ryan Syrell (b. 1984, Oswego, NY) is a visual artist working primarily as a painter. He received his BFA from SUNY Purchase and has exhibited and performed internationally. Ryan has recently shown at Booklyn Artist Alliance (Brooklyn) and Camel Art Space (Brooklyn), and had a solo show, "Painted Woods", at Current Space in Baltimore. Catalogs featuring Ryan’s essays are in the collections of the LACMA library, the International Center for Photography library and the Indie Photobook Library. In early... more

Painted Woods

Painted Woods is a small body of process paintings executed under constraints similar to those used by the landscape painted Neil Welliver. The paintings were done quickly, working from top to bottom, with no revisions. They were created with no underdrawing or preconceived notions of pictorial arrangement.

In addition to these paintings, a similarly process-based installation was installed at Current Space, for a solo show to be held during Artscape 2013.

  • Rocks on Hill

    Acrylic on panel 9 1/2 x 9 1/2" 2013
  • Rocks at Noon

    Acrylic on panel 9 1/2 x 9 1/2" 2013
  • Pond

    Acrylic on panel 9 1/2 x 9 1/2" 2013
  • Swamp

    Acrylic on panel 9 1/2 x 9 1/2" 2013
  • Birches

    Acrylic on panel 9 1/2 x 9 1/2" 2013
  • Brush

    Acrylic on panel 9 1/2 x 9 1/2" 2013
  • Shepherdstown

    vinyl paint on panel 5 3/4 x 5 3/4" 2013
  • Painted Woods

    Painted reclaimed wood 96 x 96 x 30" 2013

Miniature Art Crates (editions)

In keeping with my exploration of miniature interiors of galleries, museums and storage areas, these miniature art shipping crates were editioned to exist as independent but related objects.

All of these miniature crates were handmade by the artist, and created at a scale of 1 inch to 1 foot.

  • study for Rocks in Vitrines

    scale model for sculpture wood, clay, PVC, and paint 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 1 1/2" Artist's Proof 2013
  • Grey Crates

    handmade miniature art crates wood, paint, tape, and polyurethane 1 1/4 x 3 x 6 3/4" 2013 Edition of 16
  • Grey Crates

    handmade miniature art crates wood, paint, tape, and polyurethane 1 1/4 x 3 x 6 3/4" 2013 Edition of 16
  • #5 Crate

    handmade miniature art crates wood, paint, tape, and polyurethane 2 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 3 3/4" 2013 Edition of 15
  • #5 Crate

    handmade miniature art crates wood, paint, tape, and polyurethane 2 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 3 3/4" 2013 Edition of 15
  • Paintings with Crates

    handmade miniature art crates with paintings wood, paint, styrene, board, and polyurethane 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 1 1/4" 2013 Edition of 10
  • Paintings with Crates (miniature edition)

    handmade miniature art crates with paintings wood, paint, styrene, board, and polyurethane 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 1 1/4" 2013 Edition of 10
  • Paintings with Crates (miniature edition)

    handmade miniature art crates with paintings wood, paint, styrene, board, and polyurethane 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 1 1/4" 2013 Edition of 10
  • Snowy Rocks with Crate (miniature edition)

    16 crates (all lids on) handmade miniature art crate with painting wood, paint, styrene, board, and polyurethane 5 1/2 x 7 x 1 1/4" 2013 Edition of 16
  • Snowy Rocks with Crate (miniature edition)

    detail (lid off) handmade miniature art crate with painting wood, paint, styrene, board, and polyurethane 5 1/2 x 7 x 1 1/4" 2013 Edition of 16

Oil Paintings

Recent oil paintings on panels. These paintings explore materiality and process, as well as the role of recollection in landscape painting.

Cartoon Landscapes (selections)

A series of cartoon landscape paintings, executed in vinyl paint on panels. Landscape imagery is taken from a variety of sources (Carl Barks' Donald Duck comics, geography texts, found photographs, photographs taken by the artist) and treated in such a way as to appear in a uniform style of early twentieth-century American cartooning.

Addenda: Rosy-fingered Dawn at Louse Point

Addenda: Rosy-fingered Dawn at Louse Point is a small body of works which investigate attributes of the Willem de Kooning painting of the same name. The painting's formal construction, it's pictorial content, it's materials and methods, as well as statements by de Kooning, are used as starting points for the conceptual grounding of these sculptures.

These sculptures, along with related photos of miniature interiors were shown at Guest Spot in the Project Room (January 2014).

  • Logistics

    Studio Installation Variable sculpture comprised of 56 miniature art shipping crates, each designed to correspond to areas of de Kooning's Rosy-fingered Dawn at Louse Point. Paint, acrylic polymer and wood dimensions variable, shown 37 x 46" 2013
  • Logistics

    Variable sculpture comprised of 56 miniature art shipping crates, each designed to correspond to areas of de Kooning's Rosy-fingered Dawn at Louse Point. Paint, acrylic polymer and wood dimensions variable, shown 37 x 46" 2013
  • Logistics

    Variable sculpture comprised of 56 miniature art shipping crates, each designed to correspond to areas of de Kooning's Rosy-fingered Dawn at Louse Point. Paint, acrylic polymer and wood dimensions variable, shown 37 x 46" 2013
  • Slipping Glimpse

    Life-size art shipping crate resting on sawhorses. Crate contains a miniature interior space, with architecture and layout determined by correspondences with Rosy-fingered Dawn at Louse Point, by Willem de Kooning. Wood, acrylic, latex and enamel, florescent lights 26 x 36 x 50" (crate) 2014
  • Slipping Glimpse

    Life-size art shipping crate resting on sawhorses. Crate contains a miniature interior space, with architecture and layout determined by correspondences with Rosy-fingered Dawn at Louse Point, by Willem de Kooning. Wood, acrylic, latex and enamel, florescent lights 26 x 36 x 50" (crate) 2014
  • Slipping Glimpse

    Life-size art shipping crate resting on sawhorses. Crate contains a miniature interior space, with architecture and layout determined by correspondences with Rosy-fingered Dawn at Louse Point, by Willem de Kooning. Wood, acrylic, latex and enamel, florescent lights 26 x 36 x 50" (crate) 2014
  • Slipping Glimpse

    Life-size art shipping crate resting on sawhorses. Crate contains a miniature interior space, with architecture and layout determined by correspondences with Rosy-fingered Dawn at Louse Point, by Willem de Kooning. Wood, acrylic, latex and enamel, florescent lights 26 x 36 x 50" (crate) 2014
  • Slipping Glimpse

    Life-size art shipping crate resting on sawhorses. Crate contains a miniature interior space, with architecture and layout determined by correspondences with Rosy-fingered Dawn at Louse Point, by Willem de Kooning. Wood, acrylic, latex and enamel, florescent lights 26 x 36 x 50" (crate) 2014

Works on Paper

A series of works on paper, executed in vinyl and oil paint, with colored pencil. These drawings and paintings may be read as ideas for sculptures.

Strata and related work on paper

A series of works on paper, executed in vinyl and oil paint, with colored pencil. These drawings and paintings may be read as ideas for sculptures. Elements from the Cartoon Landscapes series, as well as sculptural work by other artists make appearances in these works.

Strata and watercolors

vinyl paint with colored pencil on paper

Recent Work

paintings on drywall, reclaimed wood, pedestals, and canvas.

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