Amortize the Pain,  2015 Acrylic on Linen 72 x 72 inches

Amortize the Pain, 2015
Acrylic on Linen
72 x 72 inches


Trained formally as a graphic designer, the paintings of Ryan McGinness merge controlled abstraction with subverted logos and symbology to create bold delineative paintings. He is heavily influenced by artists such as Keith Haring and Andy Warhol, as well as insights that began as a skate kid in Virginia Beach: “I was always interested in how the application of symbols on what are otherwise ordinary objects, like skateboards and T-shirts, really transformed the value of those things. When I couldn’t afford the cool brands, I would just make my own.” Early on in his career, McGinness wrote and released a book called flatnessisgod, which has become something of a bible for designers worldwide and was celebrated by Japanese pop artist Takashi Murakami. He has become known for his conceptual and tightly executed projects, including one titled InstagrAM that was presented via the social media platform - a dot matrix self portrait made of hundreds of button-sized black and white text slogans. McGinness continuously challenges the language of graphics and advertising through his paintings, installations and sculptures. His more recent works, #metadata, explore the impact of an assault of imagery, while Screen Combines encourages the viewer to navigate through a maze of paintings made on used silkscreens from prior work. 

McGuinness's past solo exhibitions include Kohn Gallery, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Deitch Projects, Pace Prints and the Cincinnati Art Museum. His work is found in numerous public and private institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOMA, UBS Collection, JP Morgan Chase, The New York Public Library, and The Schwab Family Collection.

B. 1972 in Virginia Beach, VA, lives & works in New York, NY.

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Drawing: The Beginning of Everything – Albright-Knox Art Gallery | Buffalo, USA

Library Street Collective Presents: - Library Street Collective | Detroit, USA

Beauty Reigns: A Baroque Sensibility in Recent Painting – Akron Art Museum | Akron, USA
A Perspective on Agnès B.’s Collection – Lille Métropole Musée d’Art Moderne | Lille, FR

Beauty Reigns: A Baroque Sensibility in Recent Painting – McNay Art Museum | San Antonio, USA

Factory Direct – The Andy Warhol Museum | Pittsburgh, USA
Modern and Contemporary Art form Private Collections – Montclair Art Museum | Montclair, USA

Masters of Reality – Gering and Lopez Gallery | New York, USA
Litos Grafera – Art Centre Silkeborg Bad | DN
Litos Grafera – Museum of Stavanger | NO

Contemporary Magic – National Arts Club | New York, USA


Forthcoming – Cranbrook Academy Art Museum | Bloomfield Hills, USA
Ocular Evidence – Quint Gallery | La Jolla, USA

#metadata – Kohn Gallery | Los Angeles, USA

Ryan McGinness Studio Visit – Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art | Virginia Beach, USA

Community, Identity, Stability – Quint Gallery | La Jolla, USA
Figure Drawings – PACE Prints | New York, USA
Everything is Everywhere – Galerie Ron Mandos | Amsterdam, NL
Ryan McGinness: Studio Visit – Virginia Museum of Fine Arts | Richmond, USA

Women & Mindscapes – Galerie Forsblom | Helsinki, FI

Units of Meaning – Baldwin Gallery | Aspen, USA
Women: Sketches & Solutions – Gering & Lopez Gallery | New York, USA
Women: Backlight Paintings & Sculptures – Charles Bank Gallery | New York, USA
Women: New (Re)Presentations – Quint Gallery | La Jolla, USA
Geometric Primitives – Pace Primitive | New York, USA

Trophies – Prism Gallery | Los Angeles, USA
Color Oblicuo – Espai Cultural Caja Madrid | Madrid, ES
Trophies – Prism Gallery | Los Angeles, USA
Recent Paintings – Kohn Gallery | Los Angeles, USA
Black Holes – Phillips de Pury & Company | New York, USA

New Tondos – Galerie Forsblom | Helsinki, FI
Studio Franchise – La Casa Encendida Museum | Madrid, ES

Ryan McGinness Works – Deitch Projects | New York, USA
Mindscapes & Blackholes – Baldwin Gallery | Aspen, USA