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Gretchen Ryan

Gretchen Ryan
Born in Boulder, Colorado, Gretchen Ryan creates portraits of young girls--often beauty pageant contestants--that disquietingly explore notions of objectification, precocious sexuality, and innocence. Going beyond straightforward portraiture, Ryan's work is informed by personal and cultural influences including her dedication to animal rights, 18th century British portraiture, Coast to Coast radio shows, nature publications, and children's fairy tale illustrations. Ryan's portraits successfully combine personal and societal subtext with the purity and beauty of youth.

1975
Born in Boulder, Colorado

2011
Lives and works in Los Angeles



Solo Exhibitions

2012
Singapore | Galerie Steph | "Hearts for Eyes" | March 2 – April 28

2011
New York | Fred Torres Collaborations | "Cheers In Heaven" | November 15 – January 7, 2012

2009
New York | Fred Torres Collaborations | "Little Pretty" | April 3 - May 12



Group Exhibitions

2011
New York | The Armory Show | Galerie Laurent Godin | March 3 - 6
2011
New York | PULSE | Fred Torres Collaborations Booth A10 | March 3 - 6
2011
New York | Ford Projects | "When the Fairytale Never Ends " | January 20 - February 18

2010
Miami | PULSE | Fred Torres Collaborations Booth | December 1 - 4
2010
Paris | Galerie Laurent Godin | "Serena Caron, Gretchen Ryan, Hidde van Schie " | June 30 - July 31
2010
Bristol City, UK | Bristol City Museum | "Art from the New World" | May 15- August 22

2009
New York | Johnathon Levine Gallery | "For True Self" curated by artist Gary Baseman | October 24 - November 21

2007
Culver City, CA | Corey Helford Gallery | "Charity by Numbers" | February 10 - 17

2006
Culver City, CA | Billy Shire Fine Arts | "Young Blood" | curated by Aaron Smith with Billy Shire | October 14 - November 11
2006
Seattle, WA | Roq la Rue | "Ever After" | April
2006
Boulder, CO | Blink Gallery
2006
Atwater Village, CA | Black Maria Gallery | "Black Market at Black Maria: Skip the Mall" | November 19, 2005 - January 5, 2006

2005
Los Angeles, CA | La Luz de Jesus Gallery | "The August Group" | August 5 - 28
2005
Los Angeles, CA | La Luz de Jesus Gallery | "Everything but the Kitchen Sync" | March 4 - 27
2005
Pasadena, CA | Art Center Gallery
2005
Pasadena, CA | 105 Gallery

2003
Downey, CA | Rancho Los Amigos

2000
Orange, CA | Studio 152

1999
Boulder, CO | Axis Mundi Arts

1998
Santiago, Chile | Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes


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