Selected works by Ry Fyan

Ry Fyan
The Metropolitan Meth Silo


Acrylic and ink on panel

30.5 x 35.6 cm

Ry Fyan’s dystopian architectural fantasies have all the complexity and meticulous visual invention of, as the artist puts it, “drawings on a notebook from childhood.” Improvisational in method, yet drawn from a number of remembered sources, Fyan’s drawings represent a bleak vision of American power. In The Metropolitan Meth Silo, a many-turreted castle, US flags flapping from its pinnacles, crouches on the horizon against a sickly sky. Small human figures scuttle in its shadow, but there’s no sense of the building being enterable; its grand arches seem bricked-up, a vision of authority at odds with the world around it. The drawing’s title makes some unnervingly jarring references to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the epidemic of methamphetamine abuse in America, the juxtaposition calling upon different structures of power in its feverish collision of signs.

Ry Fyan
Hood Rich


Ink, acrylic & pencil on paper

31.8 x 39.4 cm

The image’s original source, a 1903 photograph of a ‘Corn Palace’ in North Dakota – a huge temporary structure built annually of dried corn, made to celebrate agricultural abundance – gives the image its densely worked patterning and alarming swastika (actually a Native American symbol, but its resonances would be hard to miss). As in Fyan’s Hood Rich, the iconography of American power appears to have created its own enclosure – it’s both fortress and prison. A stack of Sudafed boxes (their contents the raw material for making meth) epitomize Fyan’s vision of the rotten heart of corporate America; the drawings’ dreamlike specificity and imaginative glee saves them from dogma.

Ry Fyan
The Cactus Bird


Acrylic on board

22.9 x 35.6 cm
Ry Fyan
The Reason Why So Many Things In This Life Are An Outrage Is Because You're So Gentle


Acrylic and enamel on panel

50.8 x 50.8 cm
Ry Fyan
Still One Place Left To Go


Acrylic on board

58.5cm x 66cm
Ry Fyan
No and Yes (Senór Frog's)


Acrylic and enamel on wood panel

127 x 172.7 cm
Ry Fyan
Spontaneous Self Organization


Oil and acrylic on wood panel

182.9 x 213.4 cm
Ry Fyan
The Things in Front of the Eye


Acrylic, enamel, ink on metal plate

Painting: 43.2 x 49.5 Viewing Device: 63.5cm long

Text by Ben Street

Ry Fyan's Biography

Ry Fyan
Born in 1978 in Los Angeles, CA
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY


Ry Fyan- Half Gallery, NYC

Ry Fyan- Perry Rubenstein gallery- 527 West 23 Street, NYC


Portrait of a Generation, The Hole Gallery, NYC

New York Minute- Garage Center for Contemporary Culture- GCCC, Moscow
I Fought the X and the X won- Muzel de Artă Cluj-Napoca, Cluj

The Coke Factory - Ritter/Zamet, London (England)
PortugalArte10 - PortugalArte, Lisbon
Nothing to see here. Move along. - Bryan Miller Gallery, Houston, TX
Nothing to see here. Move along. - CTRL Gallery, Houston, TX

Out of Order, Andrew Edlin Gallery, NYC
New York Minute: 60 Artisti della scena newsorchese- MACRO Testaccio (MACRO Future), Rome
American Art Now, LES Gallery, Vancouver, BC

Bargain Prices on Elephant Gun, Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Centre, Athens
Mail Order Monsters, Max Wigram Gallery, New Bond Street, London

With Teeth, Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, NYC
Panic Room- works from the Dakis Joannou Collection, Deste Foundation, Centre For Contemporary Art Athens

American Concentration Camp, The Proposition, NYC

Majority Whip, White Box, New York City

Ben In, Rivington Arms, NYC

Session the Bowl, Deitch Projects, 76 Grand Street, NYC

Don’t Be Scared, Rivington Arms, NYC