RAW EMOTION BY RYAN HEWETT

by Ariadna Zierold

ryan hewett, painting, oil, portraiture, abstract, south africa, vibrant, upper playground

South Africa based artist Ryan Hewett‘s paintings are notable for their flesh tones, and are thick with florid reds and lead white. He works impulsively, without a preliminary sketch or charcoal, beginning by applying paint directly to the surface and working quickly for fear of the oil drying. The result of this style of working is an abstracted and dynamic portrait with great presence and vitality.

ryan hewett, painting, oil, portraiture, abstract, south africa, vibrant, upper playground

For Hewett the portrait is not about capturing an external likeness of a subject; but rather as a portal to an inner journey of self-exploration. Hewett does not use sitters or models in an effort to produce a realistic depiction. Although photographs constitute his starting point, he relies principally on the free-flowing processes of memory and creative imagination.

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