21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2017: Ryan Cannon

Ryan Cannon

Ryan Cannon, Bison, oil, 30 x 40.

Ryan Cannon, Bison, oil, 30 x 40.

Art Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts in drawing and painting from Utah State University.

Style: Post-Impressionism. My approach to painting is focused on composition of shapes and color. I use intentional brush strokes and simplification to explore the balance between representation and abstraction.

Creative Spark: My spark comes from viewing nature and the natural shapes it creates from different light sources, as well as from imagining the story and history of whatever I am painting.

Second-Choice Career: I would want to do something with rural land, maybe be a real-estate investor.

Other Passions: Good food and traveling with my family.

Best Advice Received: Find your “true north.”

Biggest Fear: Swimming in the ocean.

Pet Peeve: It bothers me when people hiccup.

Quirkiest Trait: I enjoy going on long treks with my sketchbook.

Mantra or Motto: Recently something I have been saying is, “Life is a vacation.”

Favorite Studio Music: I find myself listening to historical fiction and science fiction audiobooks more than music.

Favorite Work by Another Artist: I enjoy the work of Fairfield Porter, Maynard Dixon, Edouard Vuillard, and Tom Thomson.

Future Goals: Continue to paint the rest of my days and maybe do some homesteading with my wife and family. I would also like to construct a cob studio from local clay, sand, and straw. It’s a natural building technique that is inexpensive and would be a fun project for my whole family.

Price Range: $300 to $4,000.

Representation: Horne Fine Art Gallery & Studio, Salt Lake City, UT; FourSquare ART, Mesa, AZ.

This story was featured in the September 2017 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art  September 2017 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

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