David Ryan



Untitled, 2014 / Sintra construction with hand painting / 8.5 x 3.75 x .25 inches

LHC, 2008 / acrylic and flashe on corafoam / 58 x 93 x 4 inches
collection of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation

Untitled, 2014 / Sintra construction with hand painting / 10 x 5.75 x .25 inches

DC 3FAN 834, 2004 / acrylic on MDF / 45 x 45 x 1.5 inches
collection of the Murray and Ruth Gribin Foundation, Inc.

Traced Pascali, 2013 / acrylic on corafoam / approx. 36 x 117 x 2.5 inches

Traced Gesture 5A, 2013 / acrylic on corafoam / 39 x 49 x 2.5 inches

Traced Tuttle, 2013 / felt and foam core / 26 x 38 x 2 inches

Watson, 2009 / acrylic on MDF / 9 x 9.75 x 1.75 inches

SSN #174-63-1503, 2008 / acrylic and oil on MDF / 13.5 x 16 x 2 inches

SSN-718, 2007 / acrylic on MDF / 53 x 65 x 3.75 inches

TVC 15, 2007 / acrylic on MDF / 47 x 59 x 4 inches


David Ryan (b. 1971, Texas) gleans inspiration from the slick colors and lines of cars, electronic gadgets and household appliances to transform mundane, undesirable MDF into luxurious, enticing wall-sculptures. By creating multiple (literal) layers, Ryan explores the way line, shape and shadow interact to produce perceptual conundrums that intrigue his viewer. Thus his conceptually multi-layered pieces speak not only of glossy consumer products but also refer to phenomenology and complex art theories. His work explores the dynamic between craft and production, art and design, man and machine. Ryan received his BFA from the University of Texas in Austin, TX before making the move to earn his MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (NV) where he studied under Dave Hickey and Libby Lumpkin. His work has been exhibited at the Laguna Art Museum (CA), Las Vegas Art Museum (NV), Galerie Jean-Luc & Takako Richard (Paris), Seomi & Tuus (Seoul), Davidson Contemporary (NY), and James Kelly Contemporary (NM). David Ryan lives and works in Las Vegas. For a full biography and curriculum vitae, please click the PDF download link below.