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CONN RYDER

I paint from the gut.

For me, abstract painting is an utterly personal exploration. I am not concerned with using my art to make any proclamations, state my opinions or tell a story. Rather I am interested in turning myself inside out, in a sense, to transform my emotional realm into a perceptible domain. My expressive work is the discernible manifestation of my core language - brought forth from internally assimilating, then outwardly fashioning the emotional response to the experiences, observations and backdrop of my life.

I convey that emotional essence to an observable platform by way of a painter’s lexicon - color, form, space, texture, line, movement - and finesse those elements much like seeking the right piece to complete a puzzle. I begin by relying on music to help me disengage from the day-to-day noise in order to unearth the innermost lifeblood of my being. As I fill a blank canvas with an onslaught of arbitrary paint strokes, splashes, drips and mark-making, that essence comes to the fore as the image begins to, in a sense, speak to me -at turns beguiling and confronting me. An exchange of sorts unfolds, as I get immersed in a rhythmic blur of advance and retreat, flow and stagnation, defiance and submission, discord and collaboration. I search for that moment of sensing synchronicity between how I feel and what has been revealed on the canvas.

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Pistil Whipped 11

48" x 48"

acrylic on canvas

 

 

 
 

 

Disenchanted

48" x 48"

acrylic on canvas

 

 

 
 

 

Pulse

36" x 36"

acrylic on canvas

 

 
 
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