Ryan McGinness Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

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.

Ryan McGinness's Biography

Ryan McGinness
Born in 1972, in Virginia Beach
Lives and works in New York


Pace Prints, New York, NY
Press Play & Record at the Same Time, October 21-November 21
Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Sponsorship Redux, June 11-July 9, 2011
Prism Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Trophies, May 21-July 9
Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Recent Paintings, May 19-June 25
Country Club, Los Angeles, CA
Buckhouse Studio, May 9-June 18
Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
Art History Is Not Linear, April 1-May14
Espai Cultural Caja Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Color Oblicuo, January 26-March 27
Phillips de Pury & Company , New York, NY
Black Holes, January 1-March 8

Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland
New Tondos, March 18-April 4
La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain
Studio Franchise, February 4-April 4

Deitch Projects, New York, NY
Ryan McGinness Works., March 7-April 18
Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO
Mindscapes & Blackholes, February 13-March 9

Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH, October 25-February 15, 2009
Artcore/Fabrice Marcolini, Toronto, Canada, September 27-November 15
Aesthetic Comfort
Paolo Curti/Annamaria Gambuzzi and Co., Milan, Italy
A Shadow Feeling of Loss, September 18-October 18

Pace Prints, New York, NY
Varied Editions, October 4-November 10
Quint Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA
A Rich Fantasy Life, April 7-May 12

Galeria Moriarty, Madrid, Spain, November 24-January 8, 2007
Vous Etes Ici, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, October 14-November 11
Paolo Curti/Annamaria Gambuzzi and Co., Milan, Italy, September 22-November 3
Never Odd Or Even
Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, East Hampton, NY
Gas, Grass, or Ass (Nobody Rides for Free), May 27-July 3
Montserrat College of Art Gallery, Beverly, MA
Mildly Subversive, February 24-April 5

Deitch Projects, New York, NY
Installationview, October 14-November 5
André Simoens Gallery, Knokke-Zoute, Belgium
The Burden of Keeping it Real, August 6-September 12
Quint Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA
Pain-Free Kittens, April 9-May 14

Galerie du Jour, Paris, France
Multiverse, December 11-January 29, 2005
Galeria Moriarty, Madrid, Spain
Living Signs, May 12-July 10

Deitch Projects, New York, NY
Worlds within Worlds, October 4-November 1
Black Market Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Sponsorship, February 7-March 21

Gas Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
This Dream Is So Life-Like, December 18-January 21, 2003
Printed Matter, New York, NY
Products Are The New Art, November 22-December 31
Deitch Projects, New York, NY
Dream Garden, (with Julia Chiang), June 29-July 27
Stux Gallery Project Room, New York, NY
Sign Language, January 12-February 9

Parco Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Evolution Is the Theory of Everything, November 30-December 22
Galerie de Miguel, Munich, Germany
Sign Age, September 14-October 20
Colette, Paris, France
Pieceofmind, July 2-August 4
Joseph Silvestro Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Vocabularytest, May 5-June 3

Houston Gallery, Seattle, WA
Shtick, December 9-January 31, 2001
Alife, New York, NY
Luxurygood, October 1-Novermber 15


Gana Art, New York
The Garden at 4AM, Curated by Paul Laster & Renée Riccardo, February 12-March 14
2008 Royal Academy of Arts, London, England
Royal Academy Illustrated, June 9-August17

Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, San Antonio, TX
Monumental Drawing, April 5-June 17

Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH
Graphic Content, December 7-February 26, 2007
Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
Art on Paper 2006, Curated by Xandra Eden, November 12-January 21, 2007
Public Art Fund, MetroTech, Brooklyn, NY
The World Is Round, October 27-September 9, 2007
The Saatchi Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, London, England
USA Today, October 6-November 4
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England
Spank the Monkey, Curated by Peter Doroshenko & Pedro Alonzo, September 27-January 7, 2007
Vous Etes Ici, Amsterdam, Netherlands
H.O.L.L.A.N.D., June 10-July 8
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Since 2000: Printmaking Now, May 3-September 18
Deitch Projects, New York, NY
The Garden Party, March 9-April 29

Max Wigram Gallery, London, England
Threshold, July 7-September 3
P.S.1 / Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Greater New York 2005, March 13-September 22

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
Gulf Coast Museum of Art, Largo, FL
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO
Salina Art Center, Salina, KS
Will Boys Be Boys? Questioning Adolescent Masculinity in Contemporary Art
Organized by Independent Curators International, Curated by Shamim Momin, 2004-2006
2004 Creative Time, New York, NY
The Dreamland Artists Club, Coney Island, June 12-September 6
La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain
Arhus Kunstbygning, Denmark
Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz, Poland
Le Tri Postal, Lille, France
Palazzo dell’Arte, Milan, Italy
USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL
Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
Yerba Buena Arts Center, San Francisco, CA
Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH
Beautiful Losers, Curated by Aaron Rose & Christian Strike, 2004-2008
Les Abattoirs Museum, Toulouse, France
La Collection d’Art Contemporain d’Agnùs B., April 9-June 13
MassArt, Sandra and David Bakalar Gallery, Boston, MA
Earthly Delights, January 28-March 17

Buia Gallery, New York, NY
Airtight Plan for Killing, October 17-November 29
Galerie du Jour, Paris, France
A New New York Scene, September 18-October 24
New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA
Lead Poisoning, Curated by Rich Jacobs & Marsea Goldberg, June 21-August
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
North Star Video Screening, August

Gallery Rocket, Tokyo, Japan
SK8 on The Wall, December 20-January 8
Deitch Projects, New York, NY
Session The Bowl, December 14-February 1
Quint Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA
Group Show, January 11-February 16

Galeria Dasto and Centro de Arte Dasto, Oviedo, Spain
Grandes Arquitecturas Pequenas, Curated by Fernando Martin Galan, September
Exit Art, New York, NY
Spunky, September 8-October 27

White Box, New York, NY
Critic as Grist, Curated by Michael Portnoy, September 7-October 17
Rare, New York, NY
Tomorrow, Curated by Andréa Salerno and Mari Spirito, June 22-July 29
Babylon, London, UK
Le Salon for Art Collectors, Curated by Vanessa Suchar, June
Steffany Martz, New York, NY
Group Show, May 25-July 1
Whitney Museum of American Art at Champion, Stamford, CT
Interior Spaces in Contemporary Art, May 25-August 23

Gale Gates, Brooklyn, NY
Size Matters, September 15-December 11
Rare, New York, NY
Photo Synthesis, June 26-July 31
DFN Gallery, New York, NY
Road Show, June 3-August 20
Sixth@Prince Fine Art, New York, NY
Room with a View, Curated by Jeff Gleich, May 9-July 10
Patricia Correia Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
LA National Juried Art Exhibition, Curated by Mat Gleason, January 9-23

Archibold Arts, New York, NY
Fresh Blood: 13 Young Artists, October 16-December 30
Vanessa Suchar, London, UK
Le Salon for Art Collectors, October 1-31

Steffany Martz, New York, NY
Summer Invitational, July-August
Mary Anthony, New York, NY
Wet Paint, May 28-June 30

Printed Matter, New York, NY
Giftland v: Democra$y, December 4-31
Artists Space, New York, NY
Night of 1,000 Drawings, December