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(142) Lesley Ryan - COMMUNICATION
Communication is simply the act of transferring information from one place, person or group to another. Every communication involves (at least) one sender, a message and a recipient. … These include our emotions, the cultural situation, the medium used to communicate, and even our location.
Art crosses the time boundaries of communication, we can see what people ate in medieval times, we can see what games they played, their religious beliefs and we can see their family life.
This work symbolises man’s unwavering need to communicate for thousands of years, to be understood and to pass on, or leave a legacy, by verbal and non-verbal means.
The background is from a page of the verbal language of a 1950’s children’s book. This has been printed onto watercolour paper, with hieroglyphs of the Egyptian era to the hieroglyphs of today. Symbols of gods, heroes, feelings and imagination.
Watercolour paint, watercolour pens and ink have been used, the main image is of Rameses 2nd, a bit rough, stylised and colourful, on cracked plaster.
Lesley Ryan’s recent work is heavily influenced by her love of Japanese woodblocks, the simplicity of line, and the reduction of landscape to its basic form. Watercolour allows her to develop a visual language of mood and serenity. The free flowing movements in her images, leave the viewer to make the decisions, about where and when. While the work is executed in watercolours it is rarely is touched by a brush. Her painting implements can be a fork, a feather or a plastic card. She has recently returned from studying with a Japanese woodblock master carver Motoharu Asaka in Tokyo and his influence and subtle use of line can be seen in her works.
Lesley is an artist from the North Coast of NSW. She gained teaching qualifications from the University of Wollongong. She studied under many well-known artists including, Pamela Griffiths, John Lovett, and David Fairburn, to name just a few. She continued to study art at East Sydney Technical College, Seaforth technical college and St George Technical college. In 2018 she completed a Diploma of Art with The London College of art and received a distinction.
She’s exhibited, nationally, internationally and locally and had many solo and group exhibitions. She’s been studio artist for her local council and her work is in, private and corporate collections. Many of her images have been reproduced as greeting cards, which are distributed and sold locally, and overseas.
Link to Lesley’s Art Aviso profile HERE
Lesley was provided with the following page from Newnes’ Pictorial Knowledge Encyclopedia:
Newnes’ Pictorial Knowledge Encyclopedia
Plate 1 Eqypt