Santa Clara University

Department of Art and Art History
Phone: (408) 554-4760
Fax: (408) 554-4809
Location: Fine Arts Building
Room number: Fine Arts 206

Ryan Reynolds

Assistant Professor

Educational Background

2003 M.F.A., Art Practice University of California, Berkeley


ARTS 30 Basic Drawing
ARTS 43 Basic Painting
ARTS 131 Life Drawing
ARTS 143 Painting
ARTS 144 Advanced Painting
ARTS 196A Studio Art Seminar


Time-based Landscapes

Reynolds' time-based work is developed through an accumulation of observations painted over the course of many days. This process explores the compulsion to get at something beyond the static image. When painting layers of time there is a quality of being a witness to one's life, perception, and inevitable mortality, that is communicated through the subject's translation into paint. Through many cycles of destroying, layering, and rebuilding the image, the essential qualities of movement, spontaneity, and psychological insight are conveyed. In the tension between the static painting and the constantly changing subject, a balance is struck between abstraction and representation.

Digital War

Digital war is the title of a recent group of paintings based on media images of human conflict. The images depict shocking violence of lives being torn apart, seen through the filter of the computer or television screen. The painting is fragmented to suggest the scattered digital image. Subjects are removed and abstracted from the actual experience, losing their sense of reality but gaining a new virtual identity.

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