Ryan Cobourn’s gestural abstract paintings are based on memories and experiences of the figure, the landscape, and the garden. The allusions and references remain slightly out of reach. There is a physical, tactile play between the veiling and exposing of forms with creamy, viscous paint, which can feel agitated, tender, and melancholic all at once.
Cobourn is represented nation-wide by Ann Connelly Fine Art, Bryant Street Gallery, Carrie Coleman Fine Art, and Herold Fine Art galleries. He received his MFA at Indiana University where he studied with Tim Kennedy and Barry Gealt. He has been the recipient of multiple awards and grants including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and the Vermont Studio Center Artist Grant. He recently retired from life in Brooklyn, New York after fifteen years. He currently lives on Long Island, New York with his family.
Ryan Cobourn’s work focuses on depictions of the world around him. Usually based on drawings from observation, the paintings, through their creation, change and veer off into abstraction. The paintings’ content emerges through a protracted process of deconstructing and rebuilding of the image, based on memory and intuition. Ryan Cobourn received his BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and his MFA from Indiana University. He is currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York.
The Audubon landscape paintings and their related works stem from a trip I took this past January to New Orleans and the surrounding areas. Although at times the works can become more abstract, I still need to work from life as a way to generate ideas, compositions, and color palettes..