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Free Radicals

Esther Krasnow

Paul Kuhn Gallery, January 10, 2009

Opening Saturday, January 10, 2009, The Paul Kuhn Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by senior Canadian artist, Bryan Ryley.  The exhibition entitled "Free Radicals" includes paintings and works on paper.

Bryan Ryley, BR.08.BC_02, 2008 Acrylic collage on paper, 22 3/4 x 30"


Throughout his career, Ryley explores the diverse  mediums of painting, drawing and collage. While he works with similar compositions, the results vary with each change of materials and scale.

Both the lyrical quality of his works and their textured colour are rooted in classical modernist abstraction. His paintings do not rely on any distortions of nature but focus on pure systemic abstraction that produces autonomous visual structures.

In this most recent work, the artist asserts the use of the grid as primarily important. The grid is the foundation of his canvases, imparting stability to the marks of paint that are separate, loose, rhythmic, and apart from the ground. The paint is applied with a rubber squeegee dragged laterally across the surface, creating random accidents  of paint and building up a coloured  bric a brac along the edges of the painting that enliven the perimeters of the work. The seeming facility of the work belies a lengthy and complicated process of chance and control.

The artist will attend his opening.

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