Untitled (House)

Ryan Eick

Oil on Linen Mounted on Aluminum Composite Panel

When I paint, the process is quite intuitive. Everything begins with visual curiosity — an impulsive desire to not only look, but to see. Rarely do preconceived ideas dictate the reference material I choose. Rather, ideas develop from working and responding to what creeps in during the process. Due to the current political climate and a series of losses in recent years, my latest paintings have become meditations on fear and impermanence.

I begin each painting with reference materials that I collect in a variety of ways. Often, I’ll use personal photographs, altered video stills, or digital collages. From there, I reconstruct the image using oil paint — straying from the source material in response to the process as I go.

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