Ryan Jones was born in California in 1981 and currently lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ryan began his artistic journey at a young age and was classically trained in art at Stanford University. He received early instruction by renowned artist Enrique Chagoya and design pioneer Matt Kahn. Jones’ work embraces and challenges the traditions of realist painting with an exploration of contemporary practices and observations. Jones’ artworks are included in a number of prestigious private collections and have been showcased in galleries and art fairs around the world. Realism gets questioned in Ryan Jones’ latest “Metal” series as he explores abstraction and lets color, light and surface tell the story. Crumpled aluminum has the periodic symbol Al and atomic number 13, thus becoming the title of every piece in the series. The highlights, darks, and tonal shades that make up each crease take on a life of their own.
Can a painting embody a feeling, an emotion, or an energy? That experience changes as an almost photographic field of wrinkles dissolves into abstraction when viewed closely. Conversely, when seen from afar these works morph back into a subjective experience of observing crumpled metal.
Photographing hundreds of images in his study for the series and ultimately being guided by one in particular, each piece of Jones’ conveys something unique. He exploits the expressive potential of the surface and lets it tell the story.