Tuesday, 4/27/10: Ryan Bubnis

Thanks to guest writer Kinoko for today’s post:

Following a career in graffiti arts and an illustration degree from PNCA, Ryan now paints from his Portland home. As in store painter of today, he unfolded a portrait through inky washes of Daler Rowney FW Acrylic Ink over a backing of Delta ceramcoat’s Tahiti Blue. What’s the secret of the ceramic paint? There isn’t one. When asked, and he admits that he just likes the color. Outside of his regular inks, Ryan will grab materials such as house paint using what is available to him at the time of creation. He’s innovative and offers time and care to his work. After brushing in loops, lines and scales with black India ink, he draws graphite rays from behind the portrait’s head. They connect the crown of its head to the floral clouds above.

Referring to the narrative of his work, Ryan explains it as a vibe and a mood that is discreetly personal. Are the characters masculine, feminine, both? He admits they have no gender. There are smiles and frowns, mask like faces and patternesque symbols. This new folk, cyber shaman style evokes mystery and tribalism. The striated line work encasing the faces read like Archaic and ancient masks. He says they are power portraits, and we discuss reading the lines as wrinkles or muscle. Sometimes he is told the figures resemble mummified beings. At the end of the day, he has transcended a mounted panel board into a mystic portrait.

“My ideas about art are constantly changing”, Ryan says. He thinks about art and concept frequently, “I’m always open to new art.”

Ryan’s solo show “In Between Time” opens this Thursday in at Together Gallery in North East Portland. He will be contributing to a mural in Beacon New York the following month. For more information on Ryan, visit www.ryanbubnis.com

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