Ryan Mosley
British, born 1980
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions
Tim Van Laere Gallery at Dallas Art Fair 2018,
Tim Van Laere Gallery
Tim Van Laere Gallery at Art Brussels 2018,
Tim Van Laere Gallery
Painters' Painters,
Saatchi Gallery

Mosley synthesizes art-historical themes, styles, and movements into surreal, folk-inspired paintings that are wholly contemporary, yet appear timeless. Mosley does not sketch his paintings beforehand, instead treating his paintbrush as a pencil to build large-scale images through layers of translucent washes for a batik quality. This spontaneous technique results in theatrical spaces and fantastic scenes, at once whimsical and tragic, ambiguous and intriguing. Mosley’s work features recurring images of heads and masks, as well as harlequin-inspired, diamond patterned clothing, which serve as liberated and somber symbols of carnival and release. Mosley’s “Southern Banjo,” for example, features a minstrel playing a banjo underneath a tree. Isolated yet confident, Mosley’s figure merges a Wild West appearance with stylistic elements culled from Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Edgar Degas,

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