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Ryan Baptiste
"The Light Beyond the Blight"

East Gallery

June 6 - August 30, 2020

Opening Reception

Saturday, June 6, 2020
6pm to 9pm
"Grown Folks Talking", 2015, oil on canvas, 52" x 73"

Artist Statement:

Some people may contend that all works must be representational in order to tell a story. I am fully convinced that the figurative and abstract can both have a narrative. I have found a beautiful story hidden in both the decaying of the urban landscape and the people that inhabit that space. A story that reminds us that life is short and we need one another. Through my work, I am visually striving to prove that we as people share some of the same desires, hopes, and passions. I feel that my current works are emotionally and metaphorically charged portraits of people, friends and family that expose urban traditions and the human condition. I have begun merging my primary focus in painting with what is important to me; memories, feelings, and experiences. I subtly challenge social, political and economic issues by focusing on key events and situations that are both personal and global. I am closely observing the current state of the world while recalling the echoes of my ancestors.

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