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Ryan Bartley

Brooklyn, NY

About Ryan Bartley

Brooklyn, NY

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.

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Other works 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


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

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