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Bryan Ryley  Bio  ·     ·  Exhibitions:   Red, White and Blue  ·  New Paintings and Sculptures  ·  Illumine Grand Opening


Bryan Ryley was born in 1952. He received his Masters of Fine Arts with honours from the Pratt Institute in New York. During this time he was a graduate seminar leader, discussing Contemporary issues in American Art at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Bryan is a well-established artist whose work is represented in private and corporate collections around the world. He has won numerous awards and honours for his art, including a Ford Foundation award and two Canada Council awards.

"For me the clearest voice emerges when the differences between stable structures are played off against unstable, precarious, often unknowable ones.

The cloud paintings were a reaction to 9/11, not really towards the act itself but more so towards the players in the event. I felt a need to blister a sky with red, not an unruly or chaotic red as one would imagine, but one built upon a stable grid-like structure.This seemed the clearest way to recognize those forces responsible for the attacks, both sides symbolized by the sky and by the blistering.The sky, as a repository of belief is of equal importance in the Christian world as it is in the Muslim.The blisters could be perceived as ruptures in or from either world.This work is about questioning, about suggesting linkages, in order to provoke understanding.

In the most recent work an imbedded digital image is partially submerged behind eccentric mark-making, even writing, which has been driven by impulses to conceal or expose certain facets of the image.In some instances it seemed imperative that the face of an individual be erased, the body exposed, at times whole sections are eradicated to allow for the abstract ramblings on top to have their say.This is a constant battle; its resolve established when the voice of equanimity seems secure or at least settled.At times an outpouring of words triggered by the image finds vent.What this all says or does is open to conjecture and that is the point.

It is imperative to have the freedom to express, to find meaning and to go on from there.That is the reason for my pursuit."


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Education
Participant, Emma Lake Workshops, 1979/80/81
University of Saskatchewan, Emma Lake, Saskatchewan

Master of Fine Arts (Honours), 1977
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York

Graduate Program (Seminar Leader), 1976/77
Contemporary Issues in American Art
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York , New York

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours), 1974
University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia



Solo Exhibitions
2003        Red, White & Blue
            Ballard Lederer Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2001        Illumine: Paintings and Sculpture
            Ballard Lederer Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2001        Recent Paintings
            Headbones Gallery, Vernon, BC
2000        Grids: Recent Works
            Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary , Alberta
1998        Heaven and Earth: New Paintings & Drawings
            Vernon Public Art Gallery, Vernon, BC
            Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
1996        Bury the Abstract Expressionists
            Vernon Public Art Gallery, Vernon, BC
            Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
1996        Raven Drawings - for ‘Sylvia’
            Montgomery Fine Arts, Vancouver, BC
1996        Weather and Tools
            Headbones Gallery,  Vernon, BC
1995/94    Recent Paintings and Drawings
            Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
1993        Targets
            Xerox BC Open, Predator Ridge Golf Resort, Vernon, BC
1993        Rambling Eye: Drawings 1985-1992
            Kelowna Public Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC
1992        Legacy - Public Sculpture Commission
            City of Vernon, Vernon, BC
1991        Recent Sculpture and Drawings
            Szombathy/Charlton, Vernon, BC
1991        Roosters - Vancouver Jazz Festival
            Alma Street Cafe, Vancouver, BC
1990        Platforms: New Paintings and Drawings    
            Kanoui Forbes Gallery, New York, NY
1989        Stock Exchange
            Lakewood Art Gallery, Vernon, BC
1988        New Paintings
            Grand Forks Art Gallery, Grand Forks, BC
1987/86    Recent Paintings and Drawings
1985/84    Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
1986        Terrain
            Kelowna Public Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC
1984        Dog Town Common
            Vernon Public Art Gallery, Vernon, BC
1982/81    Paintings and Drawings
            Kenneth G. Heffel Fine Art, Inc., Vancouver, BC
1979        Emma Lake Paintings
            Kelowna Public Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC
1978         Fields and Trajectories
            Shafter Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
1977        Shifting Fields
            Canadian Consulate Gallery, New York, NY



Group Exhibitions
2003        AAF - Paul Kuhn Gallery, New York, New York
2003        Defining Abstraction, Vernon Public Art Gallery, Vernon, BC
2001/02    TRANSlinear: Contemporary Painting in Canada, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC
2001        Creative Voice Art Gallery of the South Okanagan, Penticton, BC
2001        New Abstraction, Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
2000        Collections, Jan Ballard Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2000        Four -  Hartman, Molinari, Rogers, Ryley,     Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
1999        New Paper Works, Jan Ballard Gallery, Vancouver, BC
1999        Headbones Inaugural, Headbones Gallery, Vernon, BC
1998/96    Satyrykon, Legnica, Poland
1998        Selections from the Permanent Collection, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC
1998        Approaching Abstraction, Art Gallery of the South Okanagan, Penticton, BC
1997        Works on Paper, Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
1997        Visuals from Audibles, Headbones Gallery, Vernon, BC
1996/97/99    North Okanagan Juried Exhibition, Vernon Public Art Gallery, Vernon, BC
1996        Stepping Stones: Inaugural Exhibition, Kelowna Public Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC
1995/96/97/98    Small Matters, Vernon Public Art Gallery, Vernon, BC
1995        Defining Feminism, Headbones Gallery, Vernon, BC
1994/93    Alumni International, Manhattan Gallery, Pratt Institute, New York, NY
        Shafter Gallery, Pratt Institute, New York, NY
1993        Drawings, Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
1992        New Acquisitons, PetroCanada Fine Arts Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
1991        Okanagan Open Juried Show, Kelowna Public Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC
1991        Studio Watch, Grand Forks Public Art Gallery, Grand Forks, BC
1990        Diversity, Vernon Public Art Gallery, Vernon, BC
1990        Maskrap, Okanagan Artists Alternative Juried Show, Kelowna, BC
1989        Works on Paper, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
1982        New Additions, Judith Selkowitz Fine Art, New York, NY



Collections
IBM Canada, Vancouver, BC
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
PetroCanada Collection, Calgary, Alberta
Shell Canada, Calgary, Alberta
Royal LePage Investments, Calgary, Alberta
CI&C Bank, Edmonton, Alberta
Hiram Walker, Toronto, Ontario
TransAlta, Calgary, Alberta
Canada Council Art     Bank, Ottawa, Ontario
British Columbia Arts Policy Collection, Victoria, BC
Kelowna Public Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC
Art Gallery of the South Okanagan, Penticton, BC
Vernon Public Art Gallery, Vernon, BC
Private collections in Canada, United States, Europe, Australia



Awards
2002        Grant In Aid - MERTZ Project, Okanagan University College, Kelowna, BC
2001        Grant In Aid - THINK Project, Okanagan University College, Kelowna, BC
2000        IBM Canada - Sculpture Commission, Vancouver, BC
1992        ‘Legacy’ - Public Sculture Commission, City of Vernon, Vernon, BC
1992        BC Festival of the Arts - Awards Commission, Government of British Columbia
1992/91/90/89/88    Purchase Awards, Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, Ontario
1988/87    Project Cost Grants, Canada Council, Ottawa, Ontario
1977        Ford Foundation Award, Ford Foundation, New York, NY
1977/76    Teaching Assistantship, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
1977/76/75      Rotary International Graduate Fellowship, Rotary International, Evanston, Illinois


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