The Road to the Suncatcher II

The Road to the Suncatcher II, oil on canvas, 30" x 40", 2013

M. S. Ryan received his BFA and MA in Painting at the University of Iowa where he studied under Morris Lewis, Byron Burford, Joseph Patrick, and Michael Tyzack.  He also studied art at Old Dominion University and Drake University.  Ryan paints expressionist landscapes and works in oil, acrylic, and pastel.  He currently exhibits at Iowa Artisan's Gallery in Iowa City, Catiri 's Art Oasis in Amana, and Wiederspan Gallery in Cedar Rapids.  Ryan's work is in many public and private collections, including the following local collections: Kirkwood Community College, Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Mercy Hospital in Iowa City, the Lowe Art Center in Marion, St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids, and the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.

The artist tells us about his work: "As a painter, there are some things that I wish to include in my work.  The work is largely expressionist in form and deals with and celebrates the landscape.  I am influenced and include elements of the methods and ideas found in such diverse groups as the West Coast Plein Air movement, the 1960s bay area figurative painters, Wolf Kahn's colorist theories, as well as the work of Ken Elliott and Roger Bechtold.  One thing all these groups and artists have in common is the insistence that the 'hand of the artist' be present in all their work.  The surfaces, color choices, design, and composition are all a painter's personal calligraphy.  This is important to me because I regard the subject less important than its presentation of the subject as a painting."

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