Ryan Day (b. 1993, United States) received a B.F.A. in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA in spring of 2016. He has exhibited in group exhibitions in Dallas, TX, Savannah, GA, New York, NY, Washington D.C. as well as internationally while in Lacoste, France. His paintings and sculptures are based on memories, narratives, and experience. Currently he lives and works in Austin, TX.
"I find that taking pleasure in small, daily occurrences brings specialness and significance to otherwise mundane aspects of routine. The content of my work is sourced from life at home: gathering laundry, preparing meals, running errands, etcetera. These happenings occur alongside emotions of tenderness, contentment, and appreciation. Furthermore, these emotions have a direct relationship to choices being made in terms of form, texture, application of material, and color. It excites me to think of the viewer drawing their own connections to my soft shapes and comfy colors, or making up a story for the life of a stuffed piece of canvas."
Smith & Day
Smith & Day are a collaborative duo consisting of Katie Smith Day and Ryan Day. Their art practice involves color relationships and how color translates to form. They give importance to the element of play and the balancing of visual tension in their process. Smith & Day work primarily through painting, photography, and digital media.
"This introductory series from artist duo is centralized around memories from warm, watery summers spent abroad. These playful, observational paintings magnify small but luminous moments from photographs through exaggerated alterations to existing form and color.
Color relationships are a primary focus of this work. La Fraîcheur du Sud V exhibits a celebration of how the Mediterranean Sea can seem to be made up of thousands of different greens and blues when the sun shines through the waves. An exciting visual contrast is present in areas where a hot tangerine dot is surrounded by a mass of pale periwinkle. This body of work is made in phases, beginning with digital painting serving as a loose map for composition and color decisions. Next, small versions are painted in watercolor or gouache to distance further from the photograph, and the final resolution is completed in oil and is the largest in scale.
While the artist’s works have originated from photographs taken on location, their romanticized subjects have been influenced by the French film movement which emerged in the 1950s and 1960 known as French New Wave or La Nouvelle Vague. Specifically, Eric Rohmer’s films which are often set in dramatically beautiful and idyllic landscapes. Beyond aesthetic qualities, the way these New Wave films were made, often in a documentary style with basic or limited equipment, runs parallel to how Smith & Day are interested in approaching the painting process."
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