NEW YORK, NY.- In this, the first book of his collected artwork, Rob Ryan combines a childlike enthusiasm for color and craft with a romantics compulsion to explore love, desire, fantasy, and melancholy. Working principally in papercuts and screen prints, delicately combining exquisite artistry and sharp wit, he is able to craft an entire world within his artworkfrom the slender and telling movement of characters in his narratives to the gentle complexity of fantastical flora and fauna in his irreverent silhouettes.
Bright and engaging, and edited by the artist himself, this beautiful monograph brings together work from every facet of Ryans career to date. A specifically written text accompanies the book, exploring themes, styles, palettes, and preoccupations visible throughout the book. Playing on familiar oppositions of isolation and creativity, alienation and warmth, even innocence and experience, Ryans work strikes the perfect balance between humor and vulnerability, wit and wisdom.
Rob Ryan is an artist, illustrator, and designer living in London. He specializes in papercut artwork, using bold colors and delicate hand- and laser-cuts to create fragile vignettes. He has collaborated with celebrated figures in the worlds of art and design, from Paul Smith to Liberty of London, and his work has been exhibited in the V&A and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, among others.