In The Studio

Learning From the Masters

During long periods between painting sessions, I often return to drawing to keep my chops up. I have been visiting the Norton Simon Museum to draw directly from Rembrandt, Moroni, Courbet, Manet, Frans Hals and Ingres. It is an invaluable educational experience that I hope to share with my students. Technology has expanded[…]

New Work: Summer 2016

Currently in the studio, I am making progress on a new series of paintings of movie theater audiences. These paintings are based on snap shots taken during the screening of movies in various theater locations in Los Angeles. My flash photograph interrupts the possibility of a passive viewing experience and confronts[…]

Frank Ryan Drawing from the Cast

Drawing from the Cast

  I recently landed a part time position at Cal State Fullerton teaching a course on constructive anatomy. Painting and Drawing the Head and Hands is an upper division life drawing course dedicated to the specific study of the most expressive elements of the human body. My syllabus integrates elements[…]

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Recommended Reading: Practical

My teachers have had a formative impact on me as a young art student and I continue to seek guidance from them in many ways.  I still consider myself a student in many respects and I am always striving to learn what I can from the painters I admire. Because[…]

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On Reworking a Painting

Sometimes I want a painting to be finished, but it just isn’t resolved. This can happen for any number of reasons: a blind spot develops in perception willingness to settle for a less than desired outcome laziness and creative block feeling rushed by pressing deadlines dulling of a clear idea a demand[…]

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Drawing as a Daily Practice

Drawing the human figure from observation is extremely challenging. Many do not get enough opportunity in school or in their praxis to experience the benefits of extensive study of the human form. Life drawing groups can be difficult to organize, models can be expensive. But I always happen to be[…]

Phantom II Production Complete

Frank Ryan’s second bronze sculpture, Phantom II, will be on view at Sonoma State University August 18, 2014 – October 31, 2014 as part of his latest exhibition, CLOAK: Iterations of a Draped Figure. The show will include several other sculptures, as well as a series of clay wash drawings. The artist’s[…]

Series of Clay Wash Drawings

  Current exercises in observational drawing explore the dynamics of a simple form rearranged. Frank Ryan’s new series of clay wash drawings document the iterations of a canvas drop cloth positioned against a studio wall. They will be exhibited at Sonoma State University, Ryan’s Alma Mater, in mid August.  […]

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Painting Commission for Stadium

  Frank Ryan has been commissioned by Sports & the Arts (SATA) to create five paintings for the Art Collection at Levi’s Stadium. He will paint unique perspectives of familiar San Francisco landscapes.