Book - Thought About It In My Head And Felt
Rob Ryan's artwork – delicate, colourful, playful, and evocative – brings sophisticated layers of emotion to simple vignettes with universal appeal.
A star of East London's art and design community, Ryan combines a childlike enthusiasm for colour and craft with a romantic's compulsion to explore love, desire, fantasy, and melancholy. Working principally in papercuts and stencils, and often mixing startling artistry with a raconteur's turn of phrase, he is able to create an entire world within his artwork – from the slender and telling movement of characters in his narratives to the gentle complexity of fantastical flora and fauna in his irreverent silhouettes. Each piece of work – whether it's a standalone screen-print, a single papercut from one of his intoxicating children's stories, or design objects from egg cups to Victorian-style porcelain dog figurines – is a fairytale in itself.
Bright and engaging, and edited in close collaboration with the artist himself, this beautiful monograph brings together work from every facet of Ryan's career to date, and – through an accompanying text written specially for the book – explores the themes, styles, palettes, and preoccupations present throughout. Playing on familiar oppositions of isolation and creativity, alienation and warmth, even innocence and experience, Ryan's work strikes the perfect balance between humour and vulnerability, wit and wisdom.