Kathleen Marie Ryan
Voluptueuse is a solo exhibition by NYC-based artist Kathleen Marie Ryan. The show features her new large-scale acrylic paintings that explore the immaterial realm; La Volupté Blue (86” x 102”), Ligne Blue (87” x 86”), Vagues (45 ½” x 76 ½”) and Mir (69 ½” x 49 ½”). Kathleen Marie Ryan’s largescale paintings are evidence that fine art and design are, in fact, enmeshed in the modern art world. Transforming multiple canvases in tandem, translucent pigments are brushed, sponged, and manipulated to convey ethereal planes and energetic movements. In primordial color fields, they offer virtual escapes from the chaos of reality. Ryan’s abstract works are influenced by contemporary American artists that, from the ’40s onward, pioneered freedom of expression and form. Her studies in how volume, color, and light interact in three-dimensional spaces informed both her own artwork and creative endeavors within the architecture and interior design fields, where her high-profile projects ranged from curating design and art for royal families and collectors across the globe.
About the Artist
Kathleen Marie Ryan is an NYC-based artist raised in Connecticut as a third-generation artist. She received a bachelor’s in studio art and art history at TCU in Fort Worth and subsequently worked for The Dallas Opera as a painter, creating cover art for performances before graduating from New York’s School of Interior Design with a focus in studio art, color theory, and architecture. In 2022 and 2021, Ryan was selected for the MVVO AD art show vetted by Eric Shiner, former director of The Andy Warhol Museum, and Jose Diaz, Chief Curator of Art at The Andy Warhol Museum, and Laura Skoler, Board of Directors, New Museum, NYC. In February of 2021, she was chosen for the group show Elemental Abstraction at the Downing Yudain Gallery in Stamford CT, and sold at The Bruce Museum auction. Her work is featured on Artsy and on display in outlets including Architectural Digest, New York Post, and The Robb Report. Ryan’s studio is in the Financial District, based in New York City.
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