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Ryan Orewiler grew up in Columbus (the capital of Ohio) and throughout northern Ohio. He was raised primarily by craftsmen, artists and educators. Since an early age, Ryan has been fascinated with the characteristics of life in the city and living in German Village. He's inspired by the streets of the historic neighborhood located on the edge of downtown Columbus. As a boy, he traveled to several cities on the East Coast: Washington, DC, Baltimore, Maryland and New York City. Soon after his return from his visit to New York City when he was eight (view drawing). Throughout his childhood, Ryan always created in his family's studios and workshops. Into his senior year, he began to take advanced landscape oil painting and later created his first painting of Columbus cityscape. In 2004, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration degree from the Columbus College of Art and Design.
Throughout his career, Ryan has drawn, sketched and painted hundreds of cityscapes – focusing on architecture, use of public space, streets, modes of transportation, individuals and groups of people within a each city's environment. His work has been collected and commissioned by individuals and corporations throughout the United States of America.
Orewiler paints from life (En plein air) and from his photos he has taken. He has painted: Europe -Paris, France; London, England; Berlin, Frankfurt, Germany; Rome, Florence, Venice, Italy; Bali, Jakarta, Borobudur, Indonesia; Hong Kong, China; Narita, Japan and Singapore.
URBAN - CITYSCAPES
"My true inspiration has always been the city. It's a driving force that feeds the artist in me daily. I feel at home in the city. As a boy, I constantly adventured through the busy streets, construction sites, downtown buildings, historic homes and abandoned warehouses.
When I'm in the city, I'm drawn to the architecture first. The story within the buildings is where my eye usually travels. When I paint the city, I try to capture the light and color within the buildings, streets and urban elements (cars, people) that illustrate motion and energy. Throughout the development of the cityscape, I illustrate characters and personalities within the figures. In the end, I want the viewers to feel as if they're a part of the painting and feel the motion and energy in that specific moment in time.
MODERN - ABSTRACTS
Aside from my cityscape paintings, I also create numerous series of abstract and nonrepresentational works. In 2002, I began a series of organic and non-organic abstracts. They were developed from elements in the city while diverging from the traditional cityscape. The Metro Series was based on grid/ windows/building/ structure system and evolved into one the my most collected abstract series. There are several large works in the beginning stages now that have all the series integrated into one. Fall 2015 will showcase two new major abstract series that are being developed.