I have never been a big fan characterizing anything, I will say that my work is very narrative, I like to tell stories with images. Just like the caveman did...only I have better access to more colors.
2003 BFA Painting Savannah College of Art and Design Lacoste School of the Arts - Lacoste, France - 2002
Ryan Metke is a contemporary painter based in New York City. The bulk of his work is centered on the classical platforms, primarily painting and sculpture. His work often defies conventional conjecture, extending into the gamut of performance, and installation art. Although Ryan is now based in New York his work is still very much creatively rooted in the context of his Florida upbringing. He was raised in the coastal region of Fort Myers, Florida along the Caloosahatchee River. Pristine golf courses contrast with raw indigenous nature forming an unconventional American landscape. Long bridges and roads surround and connect prehistoric wetlands and untouched habitats. Within this, a human patchwork of wealthy gated communities is sewn into a host of pawnshops, wal-marts, and parking lots. Ryan’s work is an almost literal interpretation of this allegory in aerial view, constructing his own visual language--sometimes obvious, sometimes hyper-personal. The images within Ryan’s paintings are a topographical collage of human senses and symbols. The profound is pitted against the ordinary, and familiar signage and icons of household branding are given new interpretation. What the viewer may perceive as primal rants may be, in fact, intimate confessions pitted against a backdrop of sterile iconography. Other times, child-like scribble and ‘cave drawings’ are handled with precise intent and mature composition. In the end the intent is for the viewers to interpret for themselves the nature of who they are in a larger context. Ryan received his formal training in painting and sculpture from the Savannah College of Art and design. After graduating in 2003, he moved to Manhattan where he lived and produced artwork for several years in Chinatown. Ryan currently lives in his studio, housed in an old bathhouse in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. He continues to receive inspiration through his surroundings and thrives on everyday contact with humanity and environment. Ryan has completed numerous commissions, group, and personal showings, yet carries on with his search for a treasure chest full of booty.
R-Class – Open House Gallery – New York, NY – April 2010 Harpoon - Open House Gallery- New York, NY - December 2009 Le Jungle Gallery - New York, NY - March 2007 Site-specific installations Yellow Apple - Grand Street - New York, NY - December 2006 Beasts of Burden - Greene Street - New York, NY – 2006 Raising the Bar - Canal Street - New York, NY – September 2005 Film Art Director - Boombastic - Feature Film - Flores, Indonesia - 2008-2009