Ryan Whelan (b. in 1991) is an Oakland based visual artist whose current practice investigates how connections can create a sense of place.

Originaly from Torrance, California, Whelan moved to the Bay Area in 2009 to earn his BFA in Printmaking from San Francisco State. In addition to his art practice, he has been working at the Creative Growth Art Center since 2015.

In Whelan's paintings, the smallest details are mighty, and the power of his images often resides on what can only be seen from up close. His painting technique introduces soft pastel's unpredictable character to the more rigid and structured properties of acrylic paint.

Whelan has exhibited work in the San Francisco Bay Area, Portland, and Los Angeles.

Summer Spectacular, Hey There! Projects, Joshua Tree, CA
soothe, Sugarlift,
Online Viewing Room, Part2 Gallery, Oakland, CA
Friends and Family, Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA

November Group Los Angeles, Part2 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Summer Collective, Stephanie Chefas Projects, Portland, CA
Camp Fire Relief Auction, Minnesota Street Project

Provisions, Part2 Gallery, Oakland, CA
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

Winter Group Show, Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA
SUN BATH, Legion Shop SF, San Francisco, CA
A Group Thing, Stephanie Chefas Projects, Portland, OR

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

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
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

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