"Multimedia artist Beverly Ryan is based in Alexandria, far from any countries where military drones are routinely deployed. Yet she has been pondering the flying machines that engage in surveillance and sometimes execution. To represent the devices’ potential ubiquity, she has filled the Art League Gallery with dozens of drones in various configurations. There’s even a stuffed soft-sculpture one that hovers above the others — a huggable eye in the sky.
More ominous are the steel drones, available in small, medium and large, and oil paintings in which the metal birds buzz around such vulnerable figures as babies and naked women. Some pieces incorporate text, and a few include glitter. The most memorable is a charcoal drawing, “Drone Silhouette,” whose dark, elegant simplicity offers a vivid contrast to Ryan’s high-tech nemesis."
"Artist and Art League instructor Beverly Ryan’s Drone Silhouette seems to be suspended in air, blades whirling off the ground and ready to strike. This recurring, spider-shaped figure permeates Ryan’s recent work and was the subject of her March solo exhibit in The Art League Gallery."
"Drones are used for warfare, surveillance, commercial delivery, intelligence gathering, crime prevention, and research. What are the implications of their wide spread use? Artist Beverly Ryan explores questions related to this topic in her multi-media exhibit."
"This painting developed out of a previous work called “Tower.” Both paintings make indirect references to environmental issues — drilling for and using fossil fuels. Oil derricks figure in both works."
Miniature artist book set about City Dance Season, Pyramid Atlantic project with ten local artists
by Lea Topping, Glass and Beverly Ryan , Encaustic
"Ode to Ida" collaborative painting project with Sheep Jones. Featured January 2015, Nook Gallery, Studio 7, Torpedo Factory Art Center.
Read more about this project at: www.torpedofactoryartists.com.
"Ryan deftly arranges the photographic elements, slicing or stacking images of buildings to forge symbolic structures. The metallic backgrounds, complemented by black, gray, white and occasional scraps of yellow, evoke the look of both factory architecture and products. Although the pieces depict industry in decline, they still have a little chrome-plated glamour."
—By Mark Jenkins, Published: February 7, 2013
Collaborating with dancer Michele Phillips, we experimented with the idea of dancer / painter performances. Michele danced on a large canvas that covered the floor and wall. I shadowed her, painting traces of her movements on the canvas and sometimes on her body. This was performed at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. In conjunction with my 2009 show at Gallery Plan B, she performed on our already painted canvas.
Art League Catalog cover – Each year The Art League School features one instructor’s work on the cover of their course catalog.
"Neo-primitive painter Beverly Ryan is paired with neo-pop artist Ran Borgersen, and the result is nothing less than jarring. Ryan once worked in textile design, and her paintings have palpable surfaces. The canvases are quaint, with the twee charm of Paul Klee but minus the Swiss artist's dark underbelly. Borgersen's slick neo-pop kitsch descends directly from Andy Warhol, a half-century too late. From afar, triptychs of the Statue of Liberty and African daisies give graphic punch. Up close, Borgersen's over-reliance on hackneyed digital manipulation disappoints."
Beverly's painting 'Horace P. and Friends' was selected for the January spot in the Torpedo Factory 2006 calendar. All pieces featured were selections from America's premier working visual arts center.
The National Organization for Women
'Intrepid Awards Gala' - September 9th, 2004
Beverly's painting 'Trial by Fire' was selected by the National Organization for Women (NOW) as the cover of the 'Intrepid Awards Gala' invitation.
Signed prints of the painting were also presented to the honorees featuring Eve Ensler (award-winning play wright), Dolores Huerta (union leader and activist), Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon (activist and scholar), and Lateefah Simon (director of the Center for Young Women's Development).
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