Selected works by Ryan McGinness

Ryan McGinness
Under Five Chairs Psychiatrists Wink


acrylic on canvas

182.9 x 457.2 cm
Drawing from his background in the design industry, Ryan McGinness’s work resolves the clinical graphic aesthetics of media as vast, contemplative fields of intimate meditation. Under Five Chairs Psychiatrists Wink is set across three panels, each beaconing with a baroque entrancement. Woven together with delicate intricacy, McGinness’s forms converge in a kaleidoscope of free-flowing associations: Stylised motifs, calligraphic patterns, and abstracted tattoo-like insignia overlap in arabesque mandalas. Framed within rich black and red planes, McGinness’s painting is reminiscent of ancient tapestries, fabricating the iconography of contemporary experience as spiritual and timeless.
Ryan McGinness
Arab Cadillac Generator


acrylic on wood panel

Partaking in mark-making as a timeless form of communication, McGinness’s process of painting is devoid of the artist’s exclusive gesture. His ultra-smooth surfaces are embellished through veneers of spray paint and silk-screen, coining seamlessly manufactured fields free from personal contact. Although he replicates styles and designs that seem innately familiar, McGinness’s iconography is entirely his own. Effecting a ‘copy’ for which there is no original, McGinness presents a system of signs and signifiers that are infinitely unfixed and universal. Using typography as a tool of abstraction, McGinness exceeds the notion of painting as objective field; instead, his work reconstitutes beauty and spirituality as a bi-product of technology and virtual experience.
Ryan McGinness


acrylic on wood panel

121.9 cm in diamete
Extending beyond Pop’s elevation of marketing logos to art, McGinness pushes his work into the realm of the commodity. His output spans from traditional paintings to video, installations and a range of consumer products, fusing high and low culture through the language of advertising. In MKULTRA – titled after the 1950s CIA mind control project – McGinness presents a trippy amalgamation of symbols and patterns on a circular panel. Set on a red background, McGinness’s entwined logos concentrate sensations of uneasy exotica in their Eastern influenced aesthetic. Using graphic design as subterfuge, McGinness explores the intrinsic cultural narratives contained within generic form.
Ryan McGinness
An(n)us Mirabilis


acrylic on linen

243.8 x 243.8cm
In An(n)us Mirabilis, Ryan McGinness wittily subverts the title of Einstein’s pivotal publication with abject humour. Spiralling from a central ‘orifice’, McGinness’s scrivenery exudes a hypnotic quality as flourishing interlaced scripts create a beaconing pattern in their subtle shift of colour. Replicating the corporeal reference of hair and visualising the virtual field of information, McGinness’s An(n)us Mirabilis seduces with its graphic perfection. Expanding in a field of weightlessness and disorientation, An(n)us Miraibilis frames desire and detachment as an aperture into the infinite.

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I'm trying to communicate complex and poetic concepts with a cold, graphic, and authoritative visual vocabulary. I concentrate on shape, color, and composition within simplified picture planes. As such, the work resides somewhere between abstraction and representation. At the essence of our being are the need to know and the need to understand. Why are we here? What does this mean?
Selected works by Ryan McGinness
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Deitch Projects is pleased to present installationview, an immersive installation of new works by Ryan McGinness. The exhibition is an environment of wall paintings punctuated by numerous two-sided circular discs of various sizes. - Ryan McGinness: Mildly Subversive
One of the most promising, Manhattan-based young artists, Ryan McGinness, exhibits his first solo show in New England in the Montserrat Gallery. Mildly Subversive is a large-scale, site- specific installation featuring several painted murals augmented by vinyl decals. - Ryan McGinness; Art and Entertainment By Randy Gladman
A small TV in a corner of the gallery projects a video of your worst nightmare. Office hell: A shallow space with white walls and whiter lighting, a nondescript table, and a generic clock, hung low on the wall so it appears in the tight camera angle view.
A selection of alternative images – Ryan McGinness
Ryan McGinness: Fun and, Yes, Games
By Pauline O'Connor

Ryan McGinness is an international artist whose work makes strong social commentary on iconography, language, and historical and contemporary symbolism. McGinness' work consists of an amalgam of icons and symbols in which originals do not exist.

Ryan McGinness, a New York-based artist, created a 135-foot marquee with 34 different icons for an arcade on the corner of Surf Avenue and Jones Walk. McGinness has exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, and shows with Deitch Projects, New York. - Ryan McGinness at Quintby Leah Ollman
Ryan McGinness made the shift from graphic designer to gallery artist without much retooling. His work appears on T-shirts, skateboards and soccer balls, in numerous books and in a steady schedule of solo and group exhibitions. Taking the instant legibility of mass-communication imagery as his starting point, McGinness doesn't go far, but he stretches wide.
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