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Featured Artist – Ryan Black

December 15, 2023 - February 7, 2024

Artist Ryan Black works out of his South Natick-based studio.  His art features representational oil paintings along with some printmaking and drawing. While Ryan’s work portrays a range of subjects, recently he is most associated with his atmospheric cityscapes, mainly featuring Boston.  Ryan’s work will be on display at the BFL from December 15th to February 7th. 

Ryan’s art, in his own words:

I love talking about art. I love jargon, references, challenging viewpoints and deciphering meaning in other artist’s compositions. But artists shouldn’t talk about or attempt to explain their own work because, to paraphrase Francis Bacon, explanation doesn’t deepen the mystery.

Everything to know about my paintings is either there on the canvas, or it isn’t. Spelling it out will not make it better, just like a joke isn’t funny if you have to explain it.

I’m not saying my artwork has some deeper meaning. I’m saying all good art refers and reflects back, creating its time and place in the world. Bringing something to the table, as far as a basic understanding of aesthetics and art history, will always make experiencing artwork more immersive and enjoyable. Its meaning isn’t hidden, just very few people go looking for it.

I try to make good art. Hopefully it’s there on the canvas.


December 15, 2023
February 7
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