Ryan Peter French Cheshire, United Kingdom
Ryan French graduated with a first degree from Manchester School of Art and is currently based in Manchester. His practice consists of painting, illustration and digital art. The subject matter of his work lies in the human condition, the ability to share and connect our experiences through visual language, and the necessity of fantasy in the face of reality.
Using photography, I capture scenes from my day to day surroundings and collage them digitally. Enhancing the colours and making them fantastical, they are often saturated with information to the point of 'horror vacui', mirroring the society of excess that we are consumed by. It is a unique form of escapism that in its very essence warns us against itself; Boudrillard’s writings on ‘hyperreality’ and Guy Debord and the Situationist International are particular points of reference.
The themes I focus on in particular are identity in the information age, hyperreality, sociology, and philosophy.
In addition to my digital art, I am currently illustrating a queer horror graphic novel, 'LOVE BUG,' created by myself and Adam Bennett Lea, with the intention to subvert popular culture and the horror genre with a queer perspective.
The third aspect of my practice lies in painting. My current influences are the Italian Renaissance, Art Nouveau, Dada and Surrealism. Each of these moments in art history were born from a time of social upheaval and advancement, the spirit of this is appropriate to the atmosphere of our current society. I intend to marry together my painting and digital art to advance my points of reference into new and exciting territory.