Ryan Mosley, From the verges, Eigen + Art, photo maeshelle west-davies

Ryan Mosley: From the verges


It’s well worth getting to From the verges, English painter Ryan Mosley’s first Eigen+Art solo show, before it ends this Saturday.

All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts…
(excerpt from As you like it by William Shakespeare)

Ryan Mosley Eigen + Art. (Photo: maeshelle west-davies)

When we enter the gallery space, we are on the stage, faced by the audience. They are definitely people we’d see on the street. But are they of our time? Perhaps they are timeless, caught in a world that transcends it, caught in an art form that transcends space, created by the mind of Ryan Mosley.

I was priviledged to speak to Ryan Mosley as the show was still being hung.

Everyone and no one, he’s conjured them as a response to his world, while hearkening to the past. They are a composite of people he knows or has come in contact with. They don’t look anything like any of those people. They only capture their essence. One of his favourite memories was when a patron came in and swore one was the spitting image of her husband who had passed on. She was happy to see him alive on the canvas.

I don’t know why, but the first thing I saw was translator and communications officer Lieutenant Uhura from the original Star Trek. I, too, had seen someone I connected with.

Perhaps it was the vivid colours. Maybe it was the loud backgrounds and how they matched/clashed with the clothing worn by our protagonists. Can they all be protagonists? They are for Ryan.

In the past, he didn’t bother so much with backgrounds. This time he’s given them lively places in which to exist.

To our left and right, we see larger canvases with players on stage. This is when the story comes into play.

Ryan says the stories evolve as he paints them.

He doesn’t know what will happen when he starts. What ensues is magic.

The multiple canvases with a variety of stories, all crossing time periods, also allow for another possibility. What if those people looking at the action to their right and left are not the audience? What if they are on a casting call?

What if we, as the onlookers, are not real, but waiting to be cast? If so, Ryan, the bearded gentle giant next door with the infectious sense of wonder, will take good care of us.

Ryan Mosley
From the verges

9 September – 7 October 2017
Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 6pm

Gallerie EIGEN + ART
Spinnerei 7 Halle 5

Artist, curator and writer: maeshelle west-davies gleans her varied life experiences to expose a personal perspective through a multitude of mediums.

Cover shot - Entrance of the festival cinema Capitol in 1974. Photo: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-H1116-0002-001 / Friedrich Gahlbeck.
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