Ian Reynold is a Chicago-based painter who oddly enough received his degree not in art but in music. In 2010 he earned his Bachelor of Music degree with a specialization in classical guitar performance from Illinois State University. Working with oil on linen, Reynold creates emotive paintings with a heavy sense of realism. He is drawn to painting people, not posing but unknowingly captured in their own environments and in their own thoughts. He is enamored with the subtleties which reveal not just the likeness but the essence of the subject. Reynold takes a highly technical approach to his work, rendering each inch of the canvas with thoughtful precision and imaginative coloration. He uses an old masters influenced layered process, beginning each piece with a multi-layered grey scale underpainting. There he builds up values an defines the forms. The layers to follow are glazes of color which gradually build on each other creating an image that has both depth and iridescence. The textiles seem soft to the touch and the bricks look as if they might crumble off of the canvas. Reynold is able to masterfully paint skin and capture the translucence where the veins and arteries below influence coloration on the surface above. The paintings and the people in them seem to be alive, so come and meet them.
January 11th - Skin and Bones, Paperish Mess Gallery, Chicago, IL
August 31st - Space Plague, Space Club, Chicago, IL
November 9th - Inhale, 1901 W Belmont, Chicago, IL
March 31st - Modernity, La Squeeze, Chicago, IL
January 21st - National Wet Paint, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL
Ian currently lives in Chicago, Illinois.