Contemporary abstract art by Swedish artist Ryn, using colour, form and surface texture as metaphors for contemporary life.

Red  Ice, oil on canvas, 60 x 70 cm

Why abstract art?

Shining Island 3, oil on canvas, 60 x 70cm

According to one definition an abstract artist is someone whose art 'departs in varying degrees from representational accuracy'. My own paintings are not normally abstracted from a physical motive at all. Instead they are mental constructs resulting from an interplay between my experience of contemporary life and the painting process itself.

To me as an abstract artist, all the formal aspects of painting, brush marks, colours, tones, layers of paint, surface texture, become means of addressing my experiecne of contemporary life. Painting means participating in a happening; it involves trying to surprise and surpass myself while being open to the unexpected. Memories and previous experiences become fused with ever new questions that arise during the process.

Red Ice 3,  oil  on canvas. 60  x 70 cm

When looking at non figurative abstract art, the viewer needs to lay aside all preconceived ideas of what a painting should be. Instead of trying to determine what the artwork represents he needs to simply let himself be stirred by the movement of ideas in his unconscious mind even as he thinks he is merely looking at colours, abstract shapes, texture.

Surface texture - painting technique

My Father's House 8, oil on canvas, 60 x 60 cm

Unlike most contemporary abstract artists I build up my work slowly. Building up the surface of my paintings in consecutive layers, spreading the luscious oil paint thickly on the canvas with a palette knife, thinly with a wide varnish brush or rubbing it in with a piece of rag or my fingers, then scraping into previous layers, rubbing paint off to expose what is underneath, I am searching to uncover thoughts, emotions and truths about the contemporary world that could not be expressed in mere words.


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Thin Line no. 2, 120 x 45 cm
Thin Line no. 1, 120 x 45 cm
My Father's House 10, oil on canvas, 60 x 60 cm
This painting and the one above belong to a series of abstract works based on a theme I have been coming back to many times over the years. See more works in the series "My Father's House"