Ryan Schmidt, ‘The Narrow Gate’, 2016, Artspace Warehouse
Ryan Schmidt, ‘The Narrow Gate’, 2016, Artspace Warehouse
Ryan Schmidt, ‘The Narrow Gate’, 2016, Artspace Warehouse
Ryan Schmidt, ‘The Narrow Gate’, 2016, Artspace Warehouse
Ryan Schmidt, ‘The Narrow Gate’, 2016, Artspace Warehouse
Ryan Schmidt, ‘The Narrow Gate’, 2016, Artspace Warehouse
Ryan Schmidt, ‘The Narrow Gate’, 2016, Artspace Warehouse
Ryan Schmidt, ‘The Narrow Gate’, 2016, Artspace Warehouse

Ryan T. Schmidt is inspired by everyday life. He loves to create and design, driven by the impact of making this imagination into a realized form. Various sketches of shapes and concepts in sweeping arcs consisting of curvilinear, sleek lines and elegant form are made visible with his passion for art. The sketches come to life in a three dimensional sculpture with Schmidt’s combined motivation to inspire the public, acquired skills, knowledge and experience accumulated since childhood.

This 24" tall by 29" wide by 10" deep stainless steel sculpture is mounted onto a natural stone base and is ready to be displayed. Size includes base. The finish is mirror-polished to create brilliant and complex reflected images of organic transformation in the surface of the form that creates the contrast between existence and illusion. Movement is an important aspect of the overall form. Free local Los Angeles area delivery. $450 shipping within Continental US. Affordable worldwide shipping options available. A certificate of authenticity is included.

Schmidt’s ambitious intentions are to create atmospheric, monumental sculpture with reflections of the sun or sky, movement of the clouds, and the ever-changing seasons; portrayed by the viewer for inspirational thoughts and healing.

Schmidt’s creative interest started at the early age of five in Origami. Moving into painting and photography during school set a definite artistic direction. While, also learning to work with wood, metal and plastic in his father’s business of custom remodeling, landscaping, and handcrafted playgrounds. Transitioning into college, he furthered studies in photography, painting, drawing, color in design, printmaking, ceramics, and finally transitioned into sculpture. Schmidt began working in cast aluminum, later in bronze, and ultimately found the everlasting properties of stainless steel with its brilliant reflection. In 2002, he established Rykan Expedition, Inc. and started combining landscaping, water fountains and outdoor sculpture. Later, he moved to Los Angeles and spent 5 years to focus more on producing sculptures while establishing his gallery connections. Schmidt returned to his hometown in Bryant, Arkansas in 2015 to expand the production of sculptures. His mission is to share the gift of inspiration through reflection with the passion for stainless steel, and desire to build sculptures that will last generations.

EXHIBITIONS
2016 Matt McLeod Fine Art, Little Rock, Arkansas
2015 Artprize, Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan
2015 West Coast Artist, Palm Springs, California
2014 Arts of Palm Exhibit, Beverly Hills Centennial Celebration, Beverly Canon Gardens
2013 April 11th Annual Indian Wells Arts Festival Palm Desert, California
2013 Venice Art Crawl at Venice Breeze Suites and Venice Ale House, Venice Beach, CA
2013 Made in California Juried Exhibition City of Brea, Orange County
2013 January Desert Art Festival, Palm Springs, California
2012 December Desert Art Festival, Palm Springs, California
2012 Affaire in the Gardens Fall Art Show, Beverly Hills, California
2012 Sculpture at the River Market, Little Rock, Arkansas
2011 Affaire in the Gardens Spring Art Show, Beverly Hills, California
2010 Winterfest Holiday Arts District Event, Los Angeles, California
2010 Venice Ale House Art Crawl, Venice, California
2010 Affaire in the Gardens Fall Art Show, Beverly Hills, California
2010 Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk, Los Angeles, California
2010 City Market Gallery, Los Angeles, California
2010 Epicenter Twenty Ten Music Festival, Fontana, California
2010 Venice Art Crawl at 15 Rose Avenue, Venice, California
2010 The Art Squared Art Show at Pershing Square, Los Angeles, CA
2008-09 Art on Parade by Northglenn Arts and Humanities, Northglenn, Colorado
2007 Sculpture at the River Market, Inaugural Invitational, Little Rock, Arkansas
2006 1st Arkansas Sculpture Invitational, Arkansas Sculptor's Guild, Little Rock, Arkansas
2004-07 Arkansas Flower & Garden Show, Little Rock, Arkansas

AWARDS
2013 1st Place, Sculpture Category, 11th Annual Indian Wells Arts Festival Palm Desert, CA
2009 1st Place, Hot Springs 4th Annual Sculpture Showcase" Hot Springs, Arkansas
2009 1st Place, Shine a Light on Literacy, Governor's Mansion Little Rock, Arkansas
2008 People's Choice Award Art on Parade, Northglenn, Colorado
2006 People's Choice for Best of Show, 1st Arkansas Sculpture Invitational, Little Rock, AR
2006 Hardscape Horticultural Excellence, Arkansas Flower and Garden Show, L.R., AR
2005 Hardscape Horticultural Excellence, Arkansas Flower and Garden Show, L.R., AR

BENEFIT AUCTIONS
2015 Bel-Air Wine Festival, Bel-Air, CA
2014 Dan Eldon Creative Center, Malibu, CA
2014 UNICEF Chinese Children Initiative, Los Angeles, CA
2013 Oscar Night at the Peabody, Wolfe Street Foundation, Little Rock, Arkansas
2012 American Heart Association, Dickey Stephens Ball Park, Little Rock, Arkansas
2012 Oscar Night at the Peabody, Wolfe Street Foundation, Little Rock, Arkansas
2009 Shine a Light on Literacy, Governor's Mansion, Little Rock, Arkansas
2009 Jewish Federation of Arkansas, Annual Campaign Dinner, Little Rock, Arkansas
2009 Tabriz Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas
2009 Splatters "125th Anniversary" Centers For Youth and Families, Little Rock

Image rights: SHIPPING: $450 Continental USA

About Ryan Schmidt

American, Arkansas, United States, based in Arkansas, United States

Group Shows

2018
FLOWER + HEWES, 
Santa Monica,
FLOWER + HEWES Sculpture Collection