This painting depicts an unfamiliar and otherworldly landscape of plateaus, crater-like indentations, hillocks and gables rendered with delicate shading. The composition features a 3-dimensional visual effect similar to trompe l'oeil. Part of a series by the artist, this work was created by affixing sifted sand and decomposed granite to the canvas—building up a surface that intricately interacts with the painted depths below. This meticulous process subtly influences the composition's intricate color palette and allows layers of bright underpainting to peak through, encouraging viewers to take a closer look. Informed by ancient ruins, industrial landscapes and digital video game backgrounds, Jonathan Ryan creates pictorial puzzles featuring scenes that might be from a distant future or from some remote corner of our current world.
Jonathan Ryan’s compositions are pictorial puzzles, evoking either a distant future or some remote corner of our current world. Drawing inspiration from ancient ruins, industrial landscapes and the backgrounds of digital video games, the artist affixes sifted sand and decomposed granite directly to his work—creating built up surfaces that interact with the paint in intricate ways. Ryan renders plateaus, crater-like indentations and hillocks with delicate shading, evoking the visual effect of trompe l'oeil—a kind of 3D optical illusion used throughout art history.
This painting depicts an unfamiliar and otherworldly landscape rendered with delicate shading. This work was created by affixing sifted sand and decomposed granite to the canvas, building up a surface that intricately interacts with the painted depths below.More