Bryan Ryley lives and works in Vernon, B.C, Canada.
Throughout his career, Bryan Ryley’s work has moved back and forth among three media – painting, drawing, and collage, with forays into sculpture and photography. In each medium he explores structural systems and serial compositions, developing new voice with each change of material and scale. Ryley’s lyrical tones and richly textured color is reminiscent of a classical modernist abstraction rooted in Cubist collage and Surrealist inspired abstraction.
Ryley exhibits in both Canada and The United States. His work is found in numerous private and public collections, including: Government of Canada, Canadian Consulate, Paris, France; The Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, Ontario; British Columbia Art Collection, Victoria, BC; Kelowna Public Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC; Vernon Public Art Gallery, Vernon, BC; Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York; Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconson; and numerous corporate collections including Canadian Pacific, SunLife Financial, IBM Canada, Brookfield Properties/bcIMC Realty, Encana, Cenovus, Petro Canada, Shell, Nordstrom's and others.
Educated in New York, he holds a Master of Fine Arts (Honors) 1977, from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn; a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honors) 1974 from the University of Victoria, Victoria, BC and was one of the first participants and seminar leader in the Graduate program at the Whitney Museum, New York in 1976/77. On his return to Canada he participated in the renowned workshops at Emma Lake, Saskatchewan (1979/80/81) working with John Elderfield, Friedl Dzubas, and Stanley Boxer.