On the upper level of the gallery, Los Angeles-based artist Edgar Bryan presents a selection of brightly hued paintings and ceramic sculptures that reference the freeing jouissance of the ocean on a summer day. Surfers carving across day-glo waves, playful ceramic sea life, the work vibrates in the gallery with electric color and curvy connectivity.
Furthering his interest in openness and collaboration, Bryan worked with artist friends and children to create a seashore environment of ceramics. In past paintings, Bryan engaged a signature New Yorker illustration style and self-portraiture with ultra-thin washes rather than impasto oil as a way to negate myths of artistic authority. Here, his purposefully cartoonish approach suggests both innocence and a willful irreverence.
Edgar Bryan lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. Bryan has had numerous solo exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe. His most recent project aimed to integrate his art and bookmaking practices within the pop culture context of LA Art Book Fair. Bryan’s work is held in the public collection’s of The Getty Center, in Los Angeles; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo. This will be the artist’s debut exhibition with Reyes Projects.