WELDON RYAN

May 20  -  June 19

Weldon considers himself a realist painter, painting contemporary images in a post expressionist world of art. He prefers painting large for the freedom and excitement it creates. He doesn't frame and prefers gallery wraps or thicker stretchers to encompass my work. His theme is about the West Indian Carnival which has greater world wide acceptance of this joyful and exceptional celebration or fete which is multicultural deriving from the exclusion of the indentured and the enslaved. He works in oil and sometimes use acrylics in his backgrounds. The solid color backgrounds are intended to bring the viewer into the celebration of the Fete of Carnival. It is also important to crop tighter and not be traditional about composition. Excluding part of the anatomy or item provides the viewer with the opportunity to create in their mind the continuity of the painting expanding the viewer’s imagination at the break. It's about the celebration and the abandonment of rules that keep us void of expressions of sexuality and personal expression. Carnival is inclusion regardless of rules.


The Art of Carnival Exhibits promotes and expands cultural and historical awareness of the West Indian American Carnivals. The goal of the exhibit is to expand the cultural experience of the carnival to new audiences as the exhibit tours the country and eventually Trinidad. The gallery experience includes a lecture on the history of the West Indian American Carnival. The educational portion of the exhibit explains how and why the carnival started, an explanation of the historical characters, and their significant. Viewers will gain a new perspective on how view the West Indian American Carnival.

EXHIBITIONS:


Clover’s Fine Art Gallery, BKLYN, NY 2015, 2016


Ritz Theater and Museum, FL 2016


SALVO Project 2015 - 2016


The Peabody Rose Gallery, FL 2015


Yvonne Scarlett-Golden Cultural and Education Center, FL 2013


Daytona State College, FL 2014


Mary McLeod-Bethune PACVAG, FL 2012, 2013


The African American Museum of the Arts, FL 2012

SEACCA Tree Studio 2010 - 2015

The Hollingsworth Gallery, FL 2011

The Flagler Art League, FL 2005- 2010

 

DUMBO, Weldon Ryan Studio, Brooklyn 1995 - 2002

 

The Skylight Gallery, Brooklyn 2000

 

The Fulton Street Art Fair, Brooklyn 1999

 

The Salmagundi, NY 1993

 

Diorama art Pelham Bay Environmental Nature Center, NY 1988

 

The Fashion Institute of Technology, NY 1983

 

The Bronx River Art Center, NY 1980

WELDON'S EXHIBITED WORKS

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