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Impending paradox

Ryan Bartley
Brooklyn, NY

About the Artist

Ryan Bartley believes that we live in an infinitely complex world, existing at the intersection of many influences, forces and desires. From the microscopic activities inside our own bodies to the geopolitical workings of the world at large, these intersections are often defined by conflict.

These paintings seek to address the brutality and senselessness that often results from this conflict. Through his use of a figurative language from childhood sources such as comics, cartoons and video games, each painting depicts a portion of a fable-like or mythological narrative. In his work, vio…

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About the Artist

Ryan Bartley believes that we live in an infinitely complex world, existing at the intersection of many influences, forces and desires. From the microscopic activities inside our own bodies to the geopolitical workings of the world at large, these intersections are often defined by conflict.

These paintings seek to address the brutality and senselessness that often results from this conflict. Through his use of a figurative language from childhood sources such as comics, cartoons and video games, each painting depicts a portion of a fable-like or mythological narrative. In his work, violence, suffering and destruction are all present and unmasked, but become somewhat transformed by their context.

Despite this brutal subject matter, Ryan’s oil paintings are often vibrant, evocative and elegant, with saturated colors and delicate, intricate figures.

Artist’s Work

Impending paradox
Ryan bartley

Impending Paradox Drops Anchor

By Ryan Bartley

Dreaming of catfish
Ryan bartley

Dreaming of Catfish Catching Gourd Catching Catfish

By Ryan Bartley

Opening night
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Opening Night Eucastrophe

By Ryan Bartley

Falls up
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Falls Up and Goes Bloom

By Ryan Bartley

Secret society
Ryan bartley

Secret Society

By Ryan Bartley

Sheep shower
Ryan bartley

Sheep Shower

By Ryan Bartley

Short lesson
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Short Lesson in Height

By Ryan Bartley

Zen and the art
Ryan bartley

Zen and the Art of Gardening in the Face of Disaster

By Ryan Bartley

Selected Exhibitions

  • Gleem, Arnold and Sheila Aronson Gallery
    New York, NY, 2003
  • Family Circus, Clementine Gallery
    New York, NY, 2003
  • Night of 1,000 Drawings, Artists Space
    New York, NY, 2002

Education

  • Parsons School of Design, Master of Fine Arts
    New York, NY,2003 
  • University of Vermont, Bachelor of Arts
    Burlington, VT,1999