Interview with an artist: Ryan Mosley

This month we welcome back painter Ryan Mosley to Yorkshire Artspace. Ryan has taken one of the largest studios in Persistence Works, where he continues making his surrealist and fantastical paintings. His work is shown all over the world as well as being part of the Arts Council Collection, UK, The Saatchi Collection, London and Falckenberg Collection, Hamburg. There will be a rare chance to see his work locally this summer when he features in 'Everything Flows' exhibition in the Millennium Galleries here in Sheffield.

We caught up with Ryan to find out what he's working on now and what he has been up to in the four years since he left our previous 'Avec' building on Brown Street:

Can you describe your work to someone who may not be familiar with it?

I have always been interested in the idea of portraiture, this has been an integral part of my practice, for the last 10 years. The characters in these smaller more intimate portraits have started to populate the larger paintings

You last featured in our Enews with an interview back in 2013. What has been happening since then?

Since 2013, I have had 2 more children, which have kept me busy. Solo exhibitions in L.A, Antwerp, London, Berlin and New York. I've also had my work included in an Arts Council Touring exhibition, "One Day something Happens, Paintings of People" I've been fortunate to have had my work included in 3 publications; 100 Painters of tomorrow, Thames and Hudson, Picturing People, Thames and Hudson, Vitamin P3 and New perspectives in Painting, Phaidon

What drew you to your new studio here at Yorkshire Artspace Persistence Works, and what do you like about your new space?

I have moved studios 7 times in the last 9 years, partly out of circumstance, moving cities. Redevelopment of previous studios/ short term leases. I knew I wanted a large space which I could grow into. The new studio here has everything I’ve been looking for space and height, and in a great location.

What are you working on at the moment?

I'm working on a new series of paintings for an exhibition out in Leipzig in September

Where can we see more of your work?

Locally there will be a selection of paintings at Millennium Galleries this summer in "Everything Flows" I also work with the following galleries: Galerie Eigen+ Art Leipzig & Berlin, Alison Jacques Gallery London, Tim Van Laere Gallery Antwerp. Saatchi Gallery .