The Twenty SS20 Issue

Brazen: Courage to Make the Cut

By Jo Phillips

Courtesy of TAG Fine Arts
Could You? Would You?, 2013. Original hand-cut papercut. 64 x 68 cm. Courtesy of TAG Fine Arts.

Paper cutting has often been associated with child’s play, but one artist brings this art form to a brazen new level. British artist Rob Ryan melts clear cut visuals of whimsical illustrations, intricate silhouetted designs and eloquently poetic texts into one: his delicately-cut paper artworks. Rob’s artwork tells a story that goes beyond sharing his richly imaginative vision to reach the audience’s hearts to dream.

‘Never has a pair of scissors been so masterful,’ complemented actress Helena Bonham Carter and director Tim Burton, who are both collectors of his work. ‘Rob Ryan cuts out dreams and stories and worlds that enchant us and remind us of the first movie makers.’

It Was Only The Beginning 2013
There Is Only Time, 2013. Original hand-cut papercut. Courtesy of TAG Fine Arts.

Coinciding with the official launch of Rob Ryan’s new book entitled The Invisible Kingdom, Sims Reed Gallery presents an exhibition of Rob Ryan’s work entitled ‘There is only Time‘ from 23 October to 8 November 2013.

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The Contradictions Issue guest-edited by Michael Herz
The Contradictions Issue guest edited by Michael Herz

Rob Ryan is a contributor of .Cent’s The Contradictions Issue guest-edited by Michael Herz – available at .Cent’s shop now. Rob could also be found on .Cent’s Breaking Boundaries Directory.