Lot 413 - Ryan Mosley - Untitled
Ink and Pastel on Paper
A6 (10x15cm) original artwork
Bidding starts at £50
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, Jean-Antoine Watteau, and Pierre Bonnard.
Ryan Mosley (b. Chesterfield, UK, 1980) trained at the University of Huddersfield and Royal College of Art, London; the artist lives and works in Sheffield, UK.
Recent solo presentations include From the Verges, Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin (2017); Anatomy and the Wall, Alison Jacques Gallery, London (2016); The Mirror Never Reflects, Eigen + Art, Berlin (2015); Susanne Vielmetter Projects, Los Angeles (2014); Thoughts of Man, Tierney Gardarin, New York (2013); Reversed Limbo, Eigen + Art, Berlin (2012), Alison Jacques Gallery, London (2011) and Painting Séance, Grand Arts, Kansas City (2010).
His work has featured in significant group shows including Walls Have Ears, Aston Hall Museum, Birmingham, UK, Malevolent Eldritch Shrieking, Attercliffe™, Sheffield, UK, Everything Flows, Millennium Gallery: Museums Sheffield, UK (2017); A New kitchen Sink, Josh Lilley Gallery, London, UK (2017); Ready for the Stage Act 1 (1900-2016), Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Germany (2016); Painters’ Painters, Saatchi Gallery, London (2016); One Day, Something Happens: Paintings of People, Hayward touring exhibition (2015); June: A Painting Show, Sadie Coles HQ, London (2015); The Islanders, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen (2015); Zero Hours, S1 Artspace, Sheffield (2013); Nightfall, Modem Museum, Hungary (2012); London Twelve: Contemporary British Art, City Gallery, Prague (2012); Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London (2012); Merging Bridges, Museum of Modern Art, Baku (2012); and Newspeak: British Art Now, Saatchi Gallery, London (2010).
His work is included in Vitamin P3: New Perspectives in Painting published by Phaidon (2016); Picturing People published by Thames & Hudson (2015) and 100 Painters of Tomorrow published by Thames & Hudson (2014).
Mosley’s work is part of the Arts Council Collection, UK; The Saatchi Collection, London and Falckenberg Collection, Hamburg.