#FOURArt | Art talks with Ryan Callanan

07 Oct 2015
2 min read
Already a prominent artist on the urban art scene, the last three years have seen Ryan move away from this aesthetic towards a new practice that draws upon his in-depth knowledge of materials and craftsmanship. As a featured artist at the Moniker Art Fair, the premier urban art fair, at the Old Truman Brewery from 15 to 18 October, FOUR speaks to Ryan to find out more about what he will be exhibiting at this year’s show…

Ryan’s work originally rose to fame through his involvement with the street art scene under the pseudonym RYCA. Over the last three years however, he has developed an ever increasing presence and reputation creating prints and graphics under his own name. Through combining words and images from popular culture, with the materials and techniques traditionally associated with pub signs, he creates nostalgic, playful images that are both accessible and highly technically accomplished.

How did you get into your line of work, or has it come to you naturally?

It’s been a long journey from studying 3D design to model making and then working in the sign industry and eventually making the leap to becoming a full time artist.

How would you describe your style?

I would describe my style as POPtorian…it’sa term I’ve invented!

What was the vision behind your works atthe Moniker Art Fair 2015?

The main ideas behind my exhibition at this year’s art fair were religious icon replacement and visual remixing of pop culture.

Where did you get your inspiration?

I guess my main sources of inspiration are from amix of sci fi, art history and my past experiences.

How long did it take to bring this project from concept to completion?

The length of time it has taken to complete the works vary.Some of the pieces have takenyears, some months and some weeks! Ideas can often be ideas trapped until the right moment to exhibit.

Why do you think it is important tochampioncontemporaryart and its artists?

I think it is important to support and promote contemporary and streetartists as they are the one’spushing the envelope. Contemporaryartists usually set trends in graphics and culture years before it becomes mainstream.

Are there any artistsexhibiting at the fair that you are excited to see?

Yeah definitely!I’m really looking forward to the first UK solo show of French street artist Bom.k.

What’s next for you?

I’ve got a solo show in Paris on 17 December 2015.

Find out more about Ryan and tickets for Moniker Art Fair 2015here…

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