23 January - 21 February 2010
James Ryan creates intricate geometric paintings through the overlaying of transparent planes of colour. Within the paintings there is a somewhat traceable account of actions. A readable overlapping of layers generates unforeseen nuances of colour and a three dimensional space opens up with a distorted perspective and logic. Recent work has seen the introduction of checked fabrics, which act as a ready-made grid, yet undermine the work’s fine art credentials with hints of the domestic.
Ryan graduated from the RCA in 2007. In late 2010 he will have a solo show at Rod Barton Gallery, London. Other solo shows include Studio 1.1, London in 2009 and Parallax at The Corn Exchange Gallery, Edinburgh in 2008.Group shows include Auf der Spitze des Eisberg, Rod Barton Gallery, 2009; Planatacia x Abstractica, Standpoint Gallery (with Dan Pasteiner), 2009; and New Contemporaries, 2007. He is also included in the publication Younger Than Jesus, Artist Directory, published by Phaidon and the New Museum, New York.
Image details (top to bottom, L to R): Blue over red over yellow 11, 2009, acrylic on gingham fabric, 41x46cm; Untitled (chequered flag), 2010, acrylic on fabric, 46x51cm; Vista, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 51x46cm