Ryan McGennisken

Ryan McGennisken is a Melbourne-based artist whose paintings sets out to defy considered composition and gesture. He paints ‘alla prima’, all-in-one-go, in the outdoors, in silence, layering a combination of found non-art materials like rust, motor oil and dirt gathered around an industrial estate where he works and from his backyard and carport.

Colour is spared in the Zen-like Stillage paintings. He welcomes random capture and imperfection and seeks unforeseen beauty; adding and deleting marks while seemingly inconsequential inclusions have influence in decisions. The paintings are left to weather and decay organically before he seals the disparate materials in matt polyurethane.

Ryan’s paintings mirror himself and his interest in the decaying; death, nothing, and filth– in the abandoned, vast emptiness and the mundane.

Ryan has held solo exhibitions at Artereal Gallery, Nicholas Projects (Melbourne) and Paradise Hills (Melbourne). His work has also been exhibited as part of group exhibitions at various Melbourne-based galleries including Tristan Koenig, Memphis Projects and Rubicon.

Ryan is currently working towards an upcoming solo exhibition to be held at Artereal Gallery in July 2019.

 

 

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Ryan McGennisken_Stillage 1_2018_acrylic, dirt, rust, polyurethane on canvas, steel frame_97.5x62.5cm Ryan McGennisken_Stillage 3_2018_acrylic, dirt, rust, polyurethane on canvas, steel frame_97.5x62.5cm Ryan McGennisken_Stillage 9_2018_acrylic, dirt, polyurethane on canvas oak frame_125 x 79cm Ryan McGennisken_Pretty Cool Trick_2017_Acrylic, spray paint, dirt, rust, recycled diesel oil, polyurethane on raw canvas, oak frame_125 x 79cm Ryan McGennisken_Rarely_2017_Acrylic, spray paint, rust, metal, glue and polyurethane on raw canvas, oak frame_99.5 x 63.5cm Ryan McGennisken_Ricochet_2017_Acrylic, spray paint, dirt, rust, metal, glue and polyurethane on raw canvas, oak frame_99.5 x 63.5cm Ryan McGennisken_False Start_2017_Spray paint, dirt, rust and polyurethane on burnt raw canvas, oak frame_99.5 x 63.5cm Ryan McGennisken, Heavy Breathing, 2015, Acrylic, Aerosol, rust, dirt, paper, glue, engine oil on burnt raw canvas, oak frame, 124x124cm Ryan McGennisken, Do you respect wood?, 2015, Acrylic, Aerosol, rust, dirt, engine oil on raw canvas, oak frame, 124x124cm View_2016_ group exhibition_installation shot by Zan Wimberley. View_2016_ group exhibition_installation shot by Zan Wimberley. Ryan McGennisken, Untitled 1, 2016, dirt, acrylic paint, polyurethane on canvas, 121 x 73cm Ryan McGennisken, Untitled 2, 2016, dirt, acrylic paint, polyurethane on canvas, 121 x 73cm Ryan McGennisken, Untitled 4, 2016, dirt, acrylic paint, polyurethane on canvas, oak frame 86 x 56cm Ryan McGennisken, Untitled 5, 2016, dirt, aerosol, acrylic paint, polyurethane on canvas, oak frame 86 x 56cm Ryan McGennisken, Untitled 6, 2016, dirt, acrylic paint, polyurethane on canvas, oak frame 86 x 56cm