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Denis Ryan

Neon Alphabet

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More about this print

  • Published: 2013
  • Image Size: 300mm x 300mm
  • Paper Size: 300mm x 300mm
  • Edition Size: 50
  • Original: No

Neon Alphabet- series of signed limited edition silkscreen prints with hand collaged digital elements and glazes by urban landscape artist Denis Ryan. PLEASE NOTE PRICE IS FOR INDIVIDUAL ALPHABET LETTERS-PLEASE CALL TO CHECK AVAILABILITY OF EACH LETTER. 

On a trip to Coney Island Ryan painted a ‘Playland’ neon sign,

‘That sign pushed the right buttons for me. I realized it had all the things I enjoyed painting- bits of rust, electric cable, worn-out plaster, the hard-edged shapes of the sign itself, the reflective materials and the deep shadows.’

This initial work has led to a series of paintings featuring neon signs. The Neon Alphabet transfers these ideas to the medium of silkscreen, offering new challenges and opportunities to the artist. The print series uses collaged elements and glazes to create texture and depth. Each print in the series depicts a different neon letter; the silkscreen stencils being built up from photographic studies made by the artist. The series represents a love letter to the urban neon landscape,  as well as the artist’s fascination with these gritty, old-fashioned and decaying signs that are rapidly giving way to more modern electric alternatives; echoing the ever-changing nature of our cities. 

About the Artist

Denis Ryan RWS(1948-) was elected a member of the Royal Watercolour Society in 2008. Denis was born in London and studied for an MA in Fine Art at Watford, Hornsey and Ravensbourne colleges of art.

His career began in film animation and, later, illustration. Successfully combining both he worked on award-winning films as well as numerous TV and film commercials.

Having worked in commercial art since leaving art school he now focuses exclusively on fine art. He exhibits with the RWS and has exhibited in Cork Street, the Royal Academy, Mayfair and internationally in Italy, China and the USA (Charleston, Texas and the OK Harris Gallery in New York, home of realist painting).

Denis fills notebooks with sketches and ideas on his travels, collecting collage material and taking many photographs. He has a strong emotional attachment to the city and the recurrent motifs in many of his paintings reflect this, particularly his recent series of neon signs.

He exhibits regularly with the “Art of the Real” group, a collective of like-minded artists sharing the same philosophy, style and approach to painting, of which he was a founder member in 2010.

‘I work from my own photographs, the urban environment offering me a lot of raw material. The current neon series has the metal, glass, stainless steel and strong colours that I find both a pleasure and a challenge to paint.

I hope the strong composition and my palette, along with the interesting light sources, which play a pivotal part in all my paintings, create the desired impact, producing a painting full of visual excitement.’


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