SAN FRANCISCO, CA - CALDWELL SNYDER GALLERY is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent paintings by Ryan Jones which opens May 3rd, 2018. The show is titled Scattered Postcards and will be on view through the end of May. Please join us on May 3rd to celebrate the opening with the artist.
Ryan Jones - Dream Escapes with a Side of the Surreal
Ryan Jones, Island Hopping, Oil on Canvas, 60 x 72 inches
Ryan Jones’ work combines elements of the surreal with luxe, Pop referential imagery, bringing us into a world of mystery and intrigue with a little bit of the uncanny. Luxurious, lustrous, and lush scenarios introduce us to a world of a stolen moment, presented through a hyper realistic visual collage.
Working with oil, Jones’ technique shows a consideration of the Flemish masters to achieve beautifully tonal surfaces, and a photorealistic finish. His chosen scenarios play into the thrill of travel, exploration as well as a nostalgia for the past through aesthetic cues of the luxury lifestyle and a casino chic sensibility. Red lips, palm trees, and the bright poppy colors of the 50s and 60s are frequent elements in his work.
Ryan Jones, Extended Vacation, Oil on Canvas, 72 x 60 inches
Beautiful, smooth bodies are found transfixed, tethered to reality through the physicality of their presence, yet suspended in a state of a dream collage. Jones describes his aesthetic as a “ fusion of the real and surreal.” Rather than presenting us with a straightforward image, the artist plays with our perception of the assumed visual storyline by incorporating maps or other printed materials into the background. In this way Jones juxtaposes the stillness of the figures with the idea of movement and travel symbolized by the maps, forcing us to create new narratives based on the fragments or clues that the artist has given us.
Jones’ work both subverts as well as elevates the emblems of mid-20th century America, adding an element of psychological ambiguity. While the true meaning and fate of his scenarios and heroines might remain uncertain, we can certainly indulge in Jones’ opulent textiles, richly pigmented colors and propensity to rendering their likeness to an uncannily realistic level. Most importantly, above even their breathtaking appeal, is the beckoning suggestion of the possibility of the dream escape.
Stanford graduate and Bay Area resident Ryan Jones rings
in the new year with his first big art exhibit at downtown San
Francisco’s prestigious Caldwell Snyder Gallery. Fantasy meets a moody
film noir vibe in his latest series of arresting paintings that combine
geometric forms with bold colors and bodacious babes. Chances are this
won’t be the first time you’ve seen this artist’s work—he’s worked with
Lucasfilm, and his art has been featured in Entertainment Weekly and
Wired. Mark your calendar for the artist meet-and-greet on opening
Please save the date for Ryan Jones' solo art exhibition in San Francisco at Caldwell Snyder Gallery.
This opening showcases his latest body of work from the past year.
Kindly join us for a reception with the artist on January 7th, 2016.
Caldwell Snyder Gallery Artist Reception | Thursday, January 7 | 5:30 - 7:30 pm 341 Sutter Street | San Francisco | 415.392.2299 www.caldwellsnyder.com
7x7 Magazine did an awesome write up on me in their travel issue this month. Please check it out at the link above.
Want to Find Myself by the Sea in Another's Company
has travel on the brain. Back in SF after a yearlong stint in Southeast
Asia, where he was working as a digital artist for Industrial Light
& Magic, the 32-year-old began thinking about exotic locales and the
process of getting from place to place. “With the advent of Google,
traditional maps have kind of gone away,” says the Stanford University
alum. “But there’s something really artistic about them.” The same could
be said for Jones’ series of cartographic pencil-on-paper works.
Layered with sections of maps, each drawing has a missing piece, begging
viewers to contemplate an area of negative space. Jones, who lives in
Presidio Heights and has shown his work at 111 Minna, Space Gallery, and
on the cover of Wired, is looking for a home to showcase these
destination-themed explorations. Look for a new series of large-scale
paintings and drawings later this year. Calling all SF creatives: For a chance to be showcased in 7x7, submit your original art, photography, designs, and more to firstname.lastname@example.org. This article was published in 7x7's May issue. Click here to subscribe.