Rob Ryan’s art—delicate, colorful, playful, and evocative—brings sophisticated layers of emotion to simple vignettes with universal appeal.
In this, the first book of his collected artwork, Rob Ryan combines a childlike enthusiasm for color and craft with a romantic’s compulsion to explore love, desire, fantasy, and melancholy. Working principally in papercuts and stencils, and often mixing startling artistry with a raconteur’s turn of phrase, he is able to craft an entire world within his artwork—from the slender and telling movement of characters in his narratives to the gentle complexity of fantastical flora and fauna in his irreverent silhouettes. Each work—whether it’s a stand-alone screen print, a single papercut from one of his intoxicating children’s stories, or design objects from egg cups to Victorian–style porcelain dog figurines—is a fairy tale in itself.
Bright and engaging, and edited in close collaboration with the artist, this beautiful monograph brings together work from every facet of Ryan’s career to date, and—through an accompanying text written specially for the book—explores the themes, styles, palettes, and preoccupations present throughout. Playing on familiar oppositions of isolation and creativity, alienation and warmth, even innocence and experience, Ryan’s work strikes the perfect balance between humor and vulnerability, wit and wisdom.
About the Author
Rob Ryan is an artist, illustrator, and designer living in London. He specializes in papercut artwork, using bold colors and delicate hand- and laser-cuts to create fragile vignettes. He has collaborated with celebrated figures in the worlds of art and design, from Paul Smith to Liberty of London, and his work has been exhibited in the V&A and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, among others.
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New Hope for American Art
New Hope for American Art is the most comprehensive book ever published on artists from, and surrounding, the New Hope Art Colony (also known as the Pennsylvania Impressionists). This book, with its 612 pages and over 1,000 color plates of artwork include biographies of 165 individual Pennsylvania Impressionists and New Hope Modernists as well as artists from the Philadelphia Ten, a pioneering group of women all educated at Philadelphia art schools.
In this book, you'll find biographies and artwork from such artists as:
William Langson Lathrop
William F. Taylor
M. Elizabeth Price
S. George Phillips
Rae Sloan Bredin
Charles F. Ramsey
New Hope for American Art was authored, designed and published by James M. Alterman, an expert in the field of Pennsylvania Impressionist and Modernist painting. A longtime collector and owner of two fine art galleries, Alterman wanted to create a user-friendly book intended not only to educate collectors and enthusiasts about this art but to help train one's eye. The book offers valuable tips on how to avoid common mistakes often experienced by new collectors drawn from the author's personal experiences as a collector and fine art dealer.