Ryan Jacob Smith
SHOWS An Ounce of PowerRyan Jacob Smith lives in Portland, Oregon where he enjoys collecting old science books and ephemera from thrift stores, skateboarding and buying records. He was raised in Orange County where he passed his early days rock collecting, bmx riding, skating and cub scouting. He graduated, with honors, from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California (2001). His narrative work explores themes ranging from the earth and its environment to consciousness, the human body, survival and hurt and healing. Incorporating the traditions of illustration, painting, and collage, his work is a mingling of intention and improvisation. His innovative pieces bear the marks of their own history; fragments, mistakes and unconscious marks are incorporated into the composition such that each work represents an honest account of its own development. Combining acrylics, spray paint, silk-screen and graphite, Ryan's work is as much informed by the street culture of his youth as his formal fine art training.