Ryan Day's Abstracted Memories


“I love the process of seeing my very rough sketch come to life and how I get to take that sketch, build a canvas or panel and be able to be a part of every step of each work.”


Do you have a major source of inspiration?

Most of my work is influenced from close relationships, such as friends, family, and my fiancee as well as memories within each relationship. The majority of my works are thick oil paintings on panel. I later started working on shaped panels and canvases to paint on. After doing a few of those I began to push it further and turn my paintings into sculpture, so currently I have been doing many sculptures as well as still doing some paintings on panel. My process started from using photographs and abstracting the shapes and figures in it. I use a pastel palette and thick soft paint texture to capture the emotion within each memory. Lately instead of using photographs, my work has become purely from memory.

Your wife, Kate, is also an artist. Do you find that your relationship influences your work?

I feel like with both of our art, our work would be completely different if we were not together. There are so many great emotions that help drive both of our work. It inspires the work to be more intimate and carry more mood within the art. Being around her has inspired my work to be more soft and sweet because those are some very strong characteristics I feel when I am with her.



What's your process like / how important is it to you?

My studio is one of my favorite places to be. I am surrounded by only my work and new work to be started. I love the process of seeing my very rough sketch come to life and how I get to take that sketch, build a canvas or panel and be able to be a part of every step of each work. I enjoy how painting has its own visual language within itself, how a painting can say much more about an emotion than words can.

I do find abstract works to be easier to show emotion/ easier to connect to. People will always have some type of emotion when looking at an artwork, but with abstract people are more likely to connect with a piece however they want to. If I paint a smiling man, I find that can only hold a few amount of emotions compared to an abstract work where people can interpret it many different ways. 





What's your process like / how important is it to you?

My studio is one of my favorite places to be. I am surrounded by only my work and new work to be started. I love the process of seeing my very rough sketch come to life and how I get to take that sketch, build a canvas or panel and be able to be a part of every step of each work. I enjoy how painting has its own visual language within itself, how a painting can say much more about an emotion than words can.

I do find abstract works to be easier to show emotion/ easier to connect to. People will always have some type of emotion when looking at an artwork, but with abstract people are more likely to connect with a piece however they want to. If I paint a smiling man, I find that can only hold a few amount of emotions compared to an abstract work where people can interpret it many different ways.




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