Ryan Gregory has always enjoyed and been appreciated for his landscape photography, but sometimes directions change as it did with Ryan. It was only a few years ago when, on one of his many rounds of the Portland art gallery circuit, he happened upon one show in particular, which so inspired him that he began his crossover into a new world of Digital effects through his own photography. So, with his canon camera in hand and a couple of editing platforms uploaded, he began to explore his new found medium.
Well, it turns out he was pretty darn good at it, because during his time as a student at Portland State University, one of his digital art creations was chosen as the front cover of their literary magazine “Pathos” (https://issuu.com/pathoslitmag/docs/pathos_fall_2012 ).
From here he quickly became ready to present his art to the public, and he didn’t just tip toe in, he pretty much dove right in, choosing to submit his work to one of this country’s largest pop-up art movements of the time “pancakes and booze” and he was accepted. Since then his work has been shown in various galleries and featured in several publications.
And on this digital art journey of his, comes a pitstop with us!
As one of the first artists to sign on to our “Artists on Rotation” exhibit, it is most certainly time to share with Ryan our most sincere appreciation.
We are very aware that were it not for the artists, like Ryan, who said yes right from the beginning and agreed to sign on to this idea for an ongoing rotating exhibit, that we wouldn’t be still here doing this.
Ryan has brilliantly used his medium of digital editing and created 3 pieces of visual art to highlight this disparity between life and death through his series “The Color in Pain”
“The Color in Pain” series came about from a death within Ryan’s family. For those who have experienced this deeply awful twist of life, you will already be all too familiar with the instant shift experienced. It is as if being plummeted into a depth of acute awareness where, upon arrival, the glaring contrast of life and death are quickly realised and are suddenly everywhere.
Here are the 3 pieces which are currently hung on our Gallery walls and available to purchase in our online Gallery shop.
Instantly confronted with that which life and death brings, and so much so, that it is indeed a part of our very own reflection. The viciousness of barbed wire emerges from crystal clear water, entwined with the bright beauty of pink flowers, and above it all the steadfast trees providing shadows and observing
Color in Pain II
Equally as harsh, and just as beautiful. Here, Ryan has created a digital mesh of barbed wire. It appears to suffocate its plant life host with ferocity and in the background, there is life again… still moving forward, still growing, still thriving, despite the events it is bearing witness too
Color in Pain III