Sugar lift aquatint on Somerset Soft White 300gsm
38 x 28 cm [15 x 11 inches]
Edition of 35 works, signed and numbered.
About the work
Ryan Mosley has created a new etching to accompany the exhibition, Radical Figures: Painting in the New Millennium (5 Feb – 10 May 2020).
Using a sugar lift aquatint technique, Mosley has painted directly onto the etching plate, attempting to describe a figure as a hybrid; part painterly part linear. The figure has evolved from previous characters as an everywoman or everyman. Behind the figure lies part of a costume, appearing like simplified petals or wings, both organic shapes which use symmetry or mirroring to attract.
For Mosley, this symmetry has seductiveness, offering the opportunity for the eye to explore the gestural mark making, at once painterly but also with a strong graphic quality. Mosley reflects on the similarities between producing the etching and constructing a painting, noting that his paintings in Radical Figures share this deft pictorial balancing and ‘strange symmetry’.
About the artist
Ryan Mosley (b. Chesterfield, UK, 1980) lives and works in Sheffield, UK. Ryan Mosley is a painter whose canvases create a surreal world of masquerade and carnival characters often referencing art-historical themes, styles, and movements. Mosley has a spontaneous approach, building up a painting through thin translucent thin washes of oil paint, often reworking, painting over, and embracing intuition.
Recent solo presentations include From the Verges, Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin (2017); Anatomy and the Wall, Alison Jacques Gallery, London (2016); The Mirror Never Reflects, Eigen + Art, Berlin (2015); Susanne Vielmetter Projects, Los Angeles (2014); Thoughts of Man, Tierney Gardarin, New York (2013); Reversed Limbo, Eigen + Art, Berlin (2012), Alison Jacques Gallery, London (2011) and Painting Séance, Grand Arts, Kansas City (2010). Significant group shows including Walls Have Ears, Aston Hall Museum, Birmingham, UK, Malevolent Eldritch Shrieking, Attercliffe, Sheffield, UK, Everything Flows, Millennium Gallery: Museums Sheffield, UK (2017); A New kitchen Sink, Josh Lilley Gallery, London, UK (2017); Ready for the Stage Act 1 (1900-2016), Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Germany (2016); Painters’ Painters, Saatchi Gallery, London (2016). Mosley’s work is part of the Arts Council Collection, UK; The Saatchi Collection, London and Falckenberg Collection, Hamburg.
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