Reverberating with references to the romance and theatricality of Pre-Raphaelite and Mannerist painting, Ryan Driscoll’s affinity for art history materializes formally as well as through his approach to experimenting with painting techniques. Like the chemically thin layers of glazing Driscoll applies to his emotive compositions, his vast and associative reference points add their own depth to his at times morose and unexpected iconography. Each retablo-like image operates as an incantation; eerie litanies to conjure hidden knowledge. The results are generative. Mining the depths of a private emotional world, Driscoll proposes a mythos of his own.
Ryan Driscoll (b. 1992, Corby, UK) received his BA in Fine Art from Camberwell College of Art, London. He has exhibited his work in solo and group presentations including at Soft Opening, London, UK; Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA; STEMS, Brussels, BE; Grimm, Amsterdam, NL; and Meredith Rosen Gallery, New York, NY. In 2018 Driscoll won the British LGBTQ+ Awards Art Initiative. He held his first solo exhibition in the United States, Sigil, at Anat Ebgi earlier this year and recently had works in the group exhibition, Eugenics in the Garden, at Tureen gallery in Dallas alongside Louise Lawlor, Terry Adkins, and Kayode Ojo among others. Driscoll lives and works in Corby, UK.