August 19 – September 10
Ajean Lee Ryan and Gary Parkins
Opening Reception: Friday, August 19, 6 – 10 pm
Second Saturday, September 10, noon – 7 pm
Gallery Hours: Friday noon – 9 pm, Saturday noon – 5 pm
Admonish the Tender-Hearted: New Work by Ajean Lee Ryan
Ajean Lee Ryan, visual artist and Assistant Professor of Drawing at Colorado State University, will present a series of new large-scale drawings at the Ice Cube Gallery at the Dry Ice Factory in the Rino District of Denver. The opening reception will be held Friday, August 19 from 6:00-9:00 pm. The exhibition will be open to the public from Aug 19-Sept 10. Gallery hours are Friday from 12:00-9:00 pm and Saturday from 12:00-5:00 pm. Monday through Friday by appointment only. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
Ryan’s recent work investigates the gothic and poetic worlds depicted in traditional fairytales and folklore. Using pastel and ink on a large scale, Ryan creates intensely layered drawings re-creating abstracted landscapes and stories that she is currently reading to her own child. The mythological, pastoral and the hauntingly poetic narrative of children’s literature has heavily influenced her recent body of work.
Ajean Lee Ryan received her B.A. in Fine Arts with a concentration in Painting from U.C.L.A. where she studied with professors such as Lari Pittman and Charles Ray. In 2000, she obtained her M.F.A. in Drawing at U.C. Berkeley. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally. In January, she participated in an internationally juried exhibition of nine artists at the AIR Gallery in New York and was selected as a participant in the Drawing Discourse Biennial at the University of North Carolina, Asheville. Last year, Ajean Ryan won “Best of Show” in the exhibition titled “Materialization” at the Deborah Martin Gallery in Los Angeles, California.
Ajean Lee Ryan has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants including most recently the Colorado State University Summer Fellowship Award. She is an Assistant Professor of Drawing at Colorado State University and currently lives and works in Fort Collins, Colorado.