Tuesday, December 11, 2012

'Feathers' piece

So Feathers is an amazing group exhibition being organised by local (Adelaide) emerging curator, Katherine Coppock!

The exhibition held in Felt Space ( Peel st. Adelaide City )

Will transform the gallery into a giant nest, upon which a plethora (23 I think) of artists are presenting their work!

Here is my progress!
It's 100x1600

Not sure of the name yet!
Although I would like for the viewer to create their own story, the artwork is about that dichotomy within myself... Part of me wants to be the bull and charge ahead, creating/ destroying and making change... Then there is the stupid bird on my back, the other half of me...

My nickname amongst family is Spoggy, a baby sparrow... (because I used to flit about the house like a Spoggy)
But sometimes I feel like that part of me is fucked and drags me down, it's trying to fly, but instead it perches on my back, creating havoc...

Really.., those parts of me work together, I do charge ahead, but the Spoggy inspires me and reminds me part of me can fly!


Here are some pictures of my progress!
Comments are welcome!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

So what this c***'s doing now!

So I planned to have these guys out before the month began, but I'll be off by a day... That's right I didn't hear anyone give a fuck!

Basically I am relaunching my dick dolls as a public art/ treasure hunt game for freaks like me who think dolls with big dicks are cool!

But what you need to do to get involved is go to:


This is where you can find out where to find them and where to post pictures once you do!

Also a big thanks to Adelaide Magazine for the amazing article they did on me!


So what this c***'s been up to (continued)

Also I have painted this baby, which is pretty fab, I was doing it for the Graham F Smith Peace Foundation dinner and silent art auction, but turns out the paint is STILL wet. So now it's just at home waiting to be hung somewhere, you want it???

So what this c***'s been up to!

So I havn't posted on here in a while, well! I've been working on a few projects that are coming up.
Also I was commissioned to do a couple of pictures for Marble Bar in Adelaide CBD (I'll take better pictures when they are up which should be V soon!)

Friday, August 24, 2012

Them and Halos Exhibition

Them and Halos is my final solo exhibition for 2012

Feel free to come down to Suzie Wong's Room
(120 Port Road
South Australia

On Tuesday the 4th of September from 6pm-9pm there will be a night of chilled out arty viewing, some nibbles and things... and general fabulousness!

Them and Halos combines the aesthetics of impressionism with an expressionistic way of painting. Using my fingers and oil paints straight from the tube, I mix the materials upon the board creating emotive figurative pieces of work.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Thanks Rip It Up!

Finished hanging!

Finally finished hanging my work at Hotel Wright St, 88 Wright St Adelaide!
All ready for the opening tomorrow night 7August @ 7pm

Monday, July 9, 2012

Re: Conversations


I gave this title to the series to describe the relationship that I have with my work, and the process through which I have come to create the series.
So I began the series with no concept of their completion, I begin by splashing paint, and then creating lines and circles, there is no concept of where they should go, it's simply a process of marking the canvas, and then responding to that with another mark, or a symbol.
As I worked i realized I couldn't make it completely random, I developed an aesthetic which becomes hard to break from.
I think the process says a lot, in that even though I begin each piece not knowing what I'm going to do next, it becomes impossible not to create a system of rules, such asI can only use one or two lines to make the shape, or that each painting has a particular character representing each piece, I think once you discover a particular aesthetic it becomes a bit like a song stuck in your head, or a strange thought or desire you can't stop thinking about, begging you to act upon.
In the end the work becomes an oxymoron, it's useless didacticism, it's like a text book about spoons, and I guess that's just what art is, I mean it can be informative, but in the end isn't it really just a luxury item?
Through my way of conversing with the canvas, people get a look at my artistic process, my ideas and maybe a little slice of my subconscious. In turn this helps create your own conversation with the piece as it asks you to discover the meaning behind it's design, it's color and it's symbolism. Maybe this will help you to realize there is more to a two dimensional surface than the perspective which is thrust upon there by the painter, and that maybe there can be a lot to say about a few triangles around a man with a flaccid dick and a bird growing out of his arm?
Enjoy the conversation...

Sunday, June 24, 2012

So! Art sale anyone?

So here is the point where I feel kind of shit cos my artwork hasn't sold, either my work is shit or I have priced them too high! So post exhibition these works will come down in price by 20% (the gallery expense) I'm also willing to take bids below this if you really love it, thus if anyone is interested give me a yell!

Here are my deets
0433 739 992


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

More preview!

So this new series is all about responding to the canvas, so I have begun by splashing paint and being completely uninhibited, then I have cut that large canvas into smaller yet still big paintings (1200x1400)
Then I have responded to those marks. with lines and colour and from there I respond to that building up layers of colour and shape untill I feel that I have pushed the piece to its optimum point... Which is the hardest part... Abandoning the art and deciding it is finished...

Fab right?

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Thanks! + Preview for SALA!

Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who turned out for my exhibition HIM it was a fantastic night, it's amazing to have all of your support! don't forget it's on till the end of the month, so take your friends along for a squibs while you can!

Hope to see you all at my next exhibition: Conversations, happening in August for the SALA festival at the Wright St Hotel!
Here is a little peek at what I've been up to!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Shit's Ready to go for HIM

See you there! Remember June 5th 6pm Gallery on Waymouth

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

(minor deet change) HIM.

So I have altered the content of the exhibition, so instead of portraits of other people, this shit is all about me now.

Hence the title change:

@the gallery on waymouth
June 5th - June 29th
Ryan's second solo exhibition, a series of self portraits in varying styles, exploring the inner monologue of the artist and the concept of being removed from one's self.
When you paint yourself or people around you, they are seen from a new aspect, I am no longer 'me' I become 'him'.
An exploration of self from a third person perspective.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

My studio at 10pm

I swear this is a snapshot of my brain

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Him & Them

Tuesday July 5th @ 6.pm

As an artist when painting yourself and those around you they become subject matter, they are removed and your view is from a new perspective. Being the third person, it is no longer 'me' and 'us', you become 'him' and 'them'.

'A series of portraits exploring my world from the view of an outsider'

Thursday, February 23, 2012


So the exact date hasn't been confirmed but I'll be having an exhibition of my work in June at The Gallery on Waymouth!

I shall post more details soon!


Monday, February 20, 2012


Here I am really focusing on working with this technique and focusing on portraits and other figurative work.
I will be doing more in this style, but for this series I have decided to add a halo around most of my figures...
I think it harks back to that fascination with old school religious iconography, the simplicity of it, and the way a simple circle around the head can add this new layer of meaning; grandeur, spiritualism, divinity???

Anyway Ill let you make up your own minds about the pieces... Enjoy!