Details:

The first in a new series of paintings and sculptures from the artist, this work alludes to the symbolic power of the laurel wreath in Greek mythology. In depicting these laurel wreaths or “crowns”, the artist is encouraging the viewer to permit themselves to become poet laureates and apply the ethos of poetry to all other aspects of life.
Framed: 19.1 x 25.2 in.
Signed

① Artwork:

Poet Laureate’s Crown No.1

The first in a new series of paintings and sculptures from the artist, this work alludes to the symbolic power of the laurel wreath in Greek mythology. In depicting these laurel wreaths or “crowns”, the artist is encouraging the viewer to permit themselves to become poet laureates and apply the ethos of poetry to all other aspects of life.

Whelan creates work as a means of self-confrontation, and he treats paintings as objects that must react to the environment around them—thereby mirroring the same dynamic our surroundings have on us. The artist does this by using texture as color, often building up gestural impasto layers of paint to construct surfaces that dance with light. The resulting compositions experientially change as the day goes by.

Specs:

24 inches
18 inches
with frame
25.25 inches
19.13 inches

③ Artist:

Ryan Whelan

Ryan Whelan uses abstract and element forms as a means for self-confrontation, creating scenes of his inner world. The artist uses texture as color, often building up gestural impasto layers of paint into surfaces that dance with light; the resulting compositions experientially change as the day goes by. For Whelan, paintings are objects that must react to their environment—mirroring the same dynamic our surroundings have on us.

Ryan Whelan:
Poet Laureate’s Crown No.1, 2022
Acrylic, marble dust, and propylene glycol on a wood panel
18.0 × 24.0 inches /