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Grin

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Ryan Callanan

Grin

Sculpture
Artwork size: 12 x 12 cm
open edition

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‘Grin’ is a resin relief and silkscreen on glass, hand finished with gold leaf, by acclaimed artist Ryan Callanan (aka RYCA). The piece is signed by the artist.

Ryan Callanan - the man behind iconic street print-artist RYCA - is known for his graphic creations and 3D crafts. Drawing on his career as a sign writer, Callanan works with a wide range of materials, incorporating glass, resin and gold leaf (amongst others) to create tactile works of art with a contemporary twist. Callanan’s work is distinguished by its merging of cultural references, taking one image or concept and transplanting it into the context of another, to create a sense of off-kilter familiarity.



‘Grin’ is stylistically reminiscent of the traditional English pub sign - a motif that features in much of Callanan’s graphic work - but consciously references 90s acid house culture, through its use of the smiley. In an extra twist of context, Callanan has given the 90s icon a 00s update, designing the face to resemble the iconic grinning emoji. The piece is powerful in its minimalism: a hard, black background emphasises the smiley face, which has been created in bas-relief and inlaid with gold. The sense of depth and surface texture is striking and the final result is both bold and beautiful.




About The Artist - Ryan Callanan


Already a prominent artist on the street art scene under the alias of RYCA, Ryan Callanan’s latest art works concentrate on his skilled craftsmanship and experience as a 3D sign writer.

Using these refined skills, this collection from Ryan Callanan mixes iconic imagery with artistic talent, making stunning limited edition art prints which seem somewhat commonplace, but in fact are actually highly original and unusual, with subtly shifted meanings, for example, the pub typography art print depicting classic 90’s lyrics.


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