The number of works was on the small side compared to previous showings, although the work displayed by Ryker was of excellent quality .
Unfortunately tonight I did not have time to have a glass of wine while enjoying the art. Ginger Giordano was present as always pouring wine as fast as she could, free wine and appetizers the night prior to the Rod Run proved to be popular with all passersby.
Ryker’s paintings are unusual in technique. Close up it was abstract brushwork, and rainbow color patterns, step back a few paces though and everything starts to come together. At about 12 feet away the artwork transforms again, into a soft-focus photo realistic style. It was quite brilliant, and I have not encountered a technique like this before.
Paul Ryker teaches a comprehensive painting course that encompasses clay sculpture, live models, still models and drawing from photographs. Equal focus is paid to developing drawing and painting skills. Judging by student comments the course is a huge success.
Rykers full works can be seen at paulryker.com and my usual disclaimer, the photographs do not do the work justice.
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