Rachael Ryan
New York, New York

Rachael Ryan, a New York City based artist, has a creative energy enriched by the beauty and complexities of the many people and places around her. In her paintings, each figure has a quiet power and dignity about them. The various positions of the bodies and playfulness of color draw out expressions and distinctions in the figures. Each one of her works, ranging from abstract to figurative, carries a unique style that is faithful to the depth and personality of each individual. Her technique, brushstrokes, and medium can range to express the individualized strength of each of her figures. This agility of style reflects the variance of her New York City surroundings. In looking at her paintings from far away, the outlines create an element of simplicity, but from close up the paint is textured and intricate.

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A Lean and Hungry Look

Oil painting on stretched canvas
Signed on front

24" h x 18" w x 1.5" d
3 lbs. 12 oz.


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This piece is a representation of the strength, focus, determination and instincts of man.

I used a palette knife to capture his features and expression, and the dark background for movement, and to keep the energy flowing around the work. I also used a brush for a smooth contrast.

This piece is on a gallery wrapped canvas with finished white edges. It comes ready to hang. 

Oil painting

Oil paint uses natural oils, such as linseed, poppy and walnut oil to bind the pigments. Oils are slow to dry, which allows the artist to rework the painting to achieve the desired effect. Also, they blend easily, which helps to achieve certain colors. With the rise of naturalism in 15th century Early Netherlandish painting, oil paints became preferred to quick drying tempera paint. Artists wanted a medium that would allow them to achieve detailed and precise effects in their paintings. Consider all of the detail in the masterpieces of Jan van Eyck and Hieronymus Bosch!

Stretched canvas

Canvas is a heavy-duty fabric used as a painting surface. When a canvas artwork is labeled stretched, it means the canvas has been wrapped around a wooden frame (the ''stretcher''). Stretched canvases typically do not require framing.


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