Born in South Africa 1979, Ryan is known for his outstanding and brooding artwork.
His painting's capture the meaning of looking past the outside and focusing on the inner journey of the human mind. He wants viewers to question his complexity and emotion of his painting's. Ryan's work has evolved from small pencil drawings into larger scale palette knife canvas', focusing on texture and daringly, rich colours.
His painting's are known for being abstract; working carelessly, without any sketch, just applying thick strokes of paint or oil to a surface and working rapidly, so that the media doesn't dry. This results in a vast amount of texture and an uneven surface which adds to the structure and shape.
The painting's above, are a collection of his Moldered Self Portraits, 2016. The vigorous brush strokes and mark making take your eyes on a visual journey, with added shadows and bold white highlights.
Recently this year, in May 2016, Ryan displayed his work at the Unit Gallery in London featuring 14 works on canvas. The exhibition 'Untitled' was a great success for the artist, selling out weeks ahead of the exhibition opening.
The portraitist then returned to Unit Gallery on October 24th 2016 for his solo exhibition which documented moments of the artist's personal life, alongside self-portraiture. This exhibition was another success for the artist.
The mysterious dull painting on the right 'Presence 2016' and the detailed bold painting on the left is apart of the 'Awakening Series 2012'.