Ryan Andrew Whelan

Selected Exhibitions 2018 Why am I crawling in this dirt?, Stephanie Chefas Projects, Portland, OR Divisions of Labor, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA Know You, Athen B. Gallery, Oakland, CA 2017 Winter Group Show, Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA SUN BATH, Legion Shop SF, San Francisco, CA A Group Thing, Stephanie Chefas Projects, Portland, OR 2016 a pot is a pot is a pot is a pot, Good Mother, Oakland, CA Welkom Baek, Adobe Books Backroom Gallery, SF, CA New Folk, The Galallery, San Francisco, CA 2015 A Walk With Friends, Everyday, San Francisco, CA Hang Tang, Sgraffito, Emeryville, CA Soft Bargain, Good Mother, Oakland, CA Inner Circle, Bar Basic, San Francisco, CA Undertone, Good Mother, Oakland, CA Having Fun, Farley’s East, Oakland, CA T-9 Minutes and Counting, Cesar Chavez Gallery, SFSU, CA Perch Presents, Perch Coffee, Oakland, CA Tired Hands, Good Mother, Oakland, CA Print Exchange Exhibit, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei City, Taiwan 2014 27th Annual Stillwell Student Exhibition, SFSU Fine Arts Gallery, CA Command Print, Martin Wong Gallery, San Francisco, CA OMF Local Artists Exhibit, ERA Art Bar, Oakland, CA Print Guild Display, SFSU Fine Art Artery, San Francisco, CA
Ryan Whelan was born in 1991, and raised in Torrance, California. He moved to San Francisco in 2009 to study printmaking. In 2011, Ryan relocated across the bay to Oakland. Now 26 years old, Ryan applies the work ethic and process driven mentality of printmaking to his paintings. He strives for a kind of contradiction to be present in his work no matter the subject: ordinary yet magical, simple but complex, and perfectly imperfect.
Although Ryan Whelan lives in beautiful and green Oakland, CA, he feels far removed from a natural life of any kind. He has to remind himself of the magic of nature through his paintings: how the sun must feel to the plants, the energy that flows through the tree branches, or the prism of colors found on a fresh harvest of pears. It's these kinds of simple moments in the natural world that remind him that we are all more than we can see. Everything is energy, everyone is radiating, and nothing is ordinary.