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Kate Ryan Studio


For me, painting is an engaging journey of discovery; explorations through colour, creating texture, a delicate balance of compositional design, I feel like magic happens when ideas connect, intuition and self align.

When I paint, I am looking to capture something - the essence of a feeling or memory, beautiful light, a striking colour combination.

I am originally from London and now live near to LA and the beach cities of Orange County, California. I am inspired by the bright light, lifestyle and people of California. I stay connected to London and England through regular trips back across the pond.

After my art degree in London, I gained practical experience of developing and managing arts programs, including with the British Council’s Arts Department and Festival of Culture during the London 2012 Olympic Games. I have organized exhibitions, created publications, websites and events for various art organizations, but starting my own art business and practicing as an artist is the most fulfilling and it feels like me, although it isn’t always easy!

“The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity”
— Alberto Giacometti

My painting comes from intuition mostly. I’ll often begin by playing with no specific outcome in mind, building up layers of glaze and opaque paint. The composition emerges over time.

I paint on wooden boards, canvas, paper, with a variety of media including; acrylics, collage, spray paint, inks, and pastels; using tools to make marks in the paint, such as old cards, palette knives, squeegees and sharp objects.

Many of my paintings feature intersecting colored shapes, rough and smooth edges, straight and scribbled lines, contrasting pictorial elements, visual differences, which draw the eye drawn around the picture plane. I often work on a series of multiple paintings at a time, each one informs the other in some way. I am driven by the process of painting itself. I aim to create work that is alive, personal and authentic.
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