About the Artist
Ryan Tuck is a full time artist based in the Midwest who focuses on the use of mixed media and atypical materials. He merges aspects of painting, collage, textiles, drawing, sculpture, printmaking and photography. As an art world outsider he has no preconceptions when making art and keeps an open mind to unconventional materials and techniques. He strives to combine seemingly contradictory materials in archival ways. He uses objects from the trades, like chains and washers, to connect with people not typically drawn to fine art, and strives to attract new people to the arts through his work.
Ryan documents the human condition, the natural world and urban life through storytelling. He juxtaposes the uncontrollability of life which everyone experiences, with the serenity that can be found in nature. In cities he feels the stress, witnesses overcrowding and sees the poverty that exists, while he looks to the diversity and liberal ideals that are championed there for hope. He investigates these effects through photos and synthesizes this into artwork. His street photography bears witness to this complex paradigm and his mixed media art attempts to tell its story.
Ryan started working three dimensionally while immersed in film photography. He learned historical photographic printing processes including Carbon Printing at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY. The process leaves mounds of gelatin deposited on the surface forming a relief of hills and valleys. Once washed away the hills become the shadows in the image and the valleys form the highlights.
With a Taste for artistic sculpting from photography and an urge to try something new, Ryan ended up gravitating towards using impasto painting utilizing oil paints. This morphed into mixed media using glue to actually propel outwards away from the panel with various structures including chains, washers, and ball bearings. This diverse and intense journey has led him to refine his process, technique and style.