Santa Clara University

Department of Art and Art History
Phone: (408) 554-4760
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: Advanced Drawing
ARTS 144: Advanced Painting


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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.


Alameda County Arts Commission, "Ryan Reynolds: County of Alameda's Acute Tower Replacement Project, Public Art Program"


Solo and Two-Person Exibitions

Ryan Reynolds & Carol O'malia, Stricoff Fine Art, NY

Ryan Reynolds: Landscape Assembled, Saint Mary's College Museum of Art, Moraga, CA
"OUTSIDEin: Darius Kuznickas & Ryan Reynolds," Susan Street Gallery, Solana Beach, CA

Ryan Reynolds: Continuum, Art Zone 461, San Francisco, CA
Shifting Landscapes: Paintings by Chelsea James and Ryan Reynolds, Bakersfield Museum of Art, CA

Beyond Static, 461 Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Everything is Electrified, B. Sakata Garo, Sacramento, CA

SUB)URBAN, Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA

Minutes of the Earth, B. Sakata Garo, Sacramento, CA

Group Exhibitions

Santa Cruz Museum of Art and Art History, Santa Cruz, CA

Art For Aids, UCSF Alliance Health Project Benefit Auction, San Fransciso, CA
New Artist, Ryan Reynolds, Stricoff Fine Art, New York, NY
San Francisco Contemporary and Modern Art Fair, artMRKT, Fort Mason Center, b. sakata garo, CA
Holiday Group Show, Art Zone 461, San Francisco, CA

Art Toronto, Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery, London, Canada
Inside Outside, Susan Street Gallery, Solana Beach, CA
Blossoms and Roots, Art Zone 461, San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Fine Art Fair, The International Show at Fort Mason, b. sakata garo, CA
Why Paint A Landscape?, Art Zone 461, San Francisco, CA
Self Portraits and Others, Art Zone 461, San Franscisco, CA

Outlandish: Contemporary Depictions of Nature, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
Self Portraits and Others, Art Zone 461, San Francisco, CA
Creative Growth, Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA
Statewide Painting Competition, Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA
Realists, New Recent and Historical Works, Art Zone 461, San Francisco, CA

LandsCApes: Glimpses of Everyday California, De Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA
San Francisco Fine Art Fair, 461 Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Introductions, 461 Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The California Landscape, Natsoulas Gallery, Davis, CA
The Figure, B. Sakata Garo, Sacramento, CA

Curated Exhibits

Reduce, Reuse Re-imagine, co-curated with Lindsey Kouvaris, de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University, CA


Alameda County Arts Commission-Highland Hospital Public Arts Program

Reviews & Publications

Contra Costa Times, "Urban landscape artist Ryan Reynolds at SMC's Hearts Gallery, Lou Fancher, April, 2013
Hesa In Print, "Mystery/Arvoitus" Issue 21, October 2012. Print
Nectar Magazine, "Most of Us Die", Issue 2, Print, 2013
San Francisco Museum Examinar, "Continuum, Art Zone 461", Nancy Ewart, April 16, 2012
Cimarron Review, cover art, winter issue, 2012
Santa Clara Magazine, War and Peace, vol 53 no3
Obsession/Compulsion, Ink Well, vol. 4, 2011
The California Landscape, Natsoulas Press, 2010
New American Paintings Anniversary Edition, Open Studios Press, 2010
Art in Embassies, Montevideo Uruguay, 2007
San Jose Mercury News, "Surveying Our Landscapes", Sara Wykes, August, 2007
New American Paintings, The MFA Annual, The Open Studios Press: Boston, Vol 7. p.130-131, 2002

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