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Ryan McGinness

Calligraphy, Psychedelic art, Neo-Pop

August 26, 2013

A New York-based contemporary artist, Ryan McGinness is known for his psychedelic paintings and sculptures that merge slick biomorphic abstraction with surrealistic imagery. His original extensive vocabulary includes altered corporate logos and symbols, and contemporary iconography, which is used as a base to create his boldly graphic yet graceful works.

Born in 1972 in Virginia Beach, McGinness currently lives and works in New York. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. He also worked as a curatorial assistant at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA. McGinnes exhibited worldwide, including venues such as Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY; Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO; Harper’s Books, East Hampton, NY; Nanzuka (AishoNanzuka), Hong Kong, China; Nanzuka (EchoOne), Bangkok, Thailand; Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI; Quint Gallery, San Diego, CA; Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, C A; Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VA;  Quint Gallery, La Jolla, CA; and Pace Prints, New York, NY.

By recontextualizing often familiar iconography, McGinness creates kaleidoscopic, sprawling compositions that combine abstraction and contemporary visual culture. His layered works often feature flora, fauna, chandeliers, and family crests, as well as imagery from bathroom and street signs, with surprising juxtapositions and endless associations.

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