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 Ryan Brown  (20/21st century)

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Lived/Active: Utah      Known for: still life, landscape, portrait

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Biography from Astoria Fine Art:
Ryan S. Brown was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah.   By the time he was a senior in high school, Ryan had decided to pursue art as a profession.  This pursuit led him to Brigham Young University where he studied Illustration, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2002.  While finishing his studies at BYU, Ryan became aware of the deficiencies in his University education.  Because his interests were in the academic and naturalist traditions of the nineteenth century, it became necessary for him to get the foundational drawing and painting training not offered at the university.  In his senior year at BYU, Ryan began studying with William Whitaker, a renowned portrait and figurative painter.  Soon after this, Ryan entered the Florence Academy of Art, where he received his first taste of Academic training.  The organized, intense, and concise training of the Florence Academy provided Ryan with what he considers the beginning of his understanding of the craft of fine art.  This training not only gave Ryan a deep understanding and love of drawing, but also developed in him a strong self-discipline and work ethic, as well as an insatiable appetite for learning.

In 2003 Ryan returned home to Utah.  Upon his return, Ryan began producing work for galleries.  Ryan also began teaching academic principles at BYU - teaching figure drawing, observational and spatial drawing, and cast drawing.  Ryan also opened his studio to students, establishing the Classical Drawing Academy in Springville, Utah.  During the three years this Academy was open to students, Ryan saw more than 80 students come through to experience his training.  Ryan also taught part-time at Utah Valley State College.  Ryan was able to teach and pass on these academic principles until the end of 2006.  Ryan also taught at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art sporadically between 2004 and 2006, culminating in an academic drawing workshop given in 2006.  An article in American Artist Workshop Magazine in the Winter 2006 issue covered this workshop.  In January, 2007 Ryan and his wife and three kids moved back to Florence in order to finish his studies at the Florence Academy of Art.

Ryan is now living and working again in Utah and established the Center for Academic Study and Naturalist Painting (CAS) upon his return.  He is currently interviewing potential students and welcomes any application for study. 

In the past 5 years, Ryan has also been the recipient of many awards and accolades.  He was the top award winner of the John F. and Anna Lee Stacey scholarship in 2004.  He also received third place in the Art Renewal Scholarship competition in 2005.  In 2006 Ryan was one of ten artists to be invited by American Artist Magazine to the Forbes Trinchera Ranch for a nine day retreat that was followed by a special article in the magazine and a showing of these select artist’s works at the Forbes Gallery in New York in March, 2007.  Ryan was also accepted into the Hudson River School for Landscape in its inaugural year, which he attended in the summer of 2007.  Also in 2007, Ryan won an award in the Art Renewal Center Scholarship Competition.  He was then featured in the May, 2008 issue of Southwest Art as “A Rising Artist to Watch”.  Perhaps his most outstanding achievement to date, in 2008 Ryan won the “Best Painting of the Year” at the Florence Academy of Art – widely considered as the top art institute in the world.

List of Major Shows, Awards, and Periodicals:
2004 Spring Salon at the Springville Museum of Art in Springville, Utah
2005 Young ,Up and Coming Artists Show at in Laguna Beach, California
2005 Work was published in two ‘How To’ books entitled 100 Ways to Paint the Landscape and 100 Ways to Paint the Figure
2005 Spring Salon at the Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah
2005 Grand Opening Exhibition at Astoria Fine Art, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
2005 Academic Exhibition at the Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah
2006 Annual Religious Exhibition at the Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah
2006 Cover Article in the Deseret News featuring Ryan’s Classical Drawing Academy
2006 Group Exhibition at Astoria Fine Art, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
2006 October feature article in American Art Collector Magazine
2006 American Artists Workshop Magazine article covering Ryan’s workshop held at the  Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
2007 Group Exhibition at the Forbes Galleries in New York, New York
2007 Group Exhibition at W. H. Patterson Galleries in London
2007 One-Man Show at Astoria Fine Art, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
2007 Great American Figurative Artists Show in Santa Barbara, California
2007 Armory Show, New York, New York
2007 Second Place Winner in The Artist’s Magazine Annual Landscape competition, as well as two other Finalist awards
2007 Work published in the December issue of The Artist Magazine
2008 Featured as an “Artist to Watch” in the May issue of Southwest Art Magazine
2008 Best Painting of the Year honors from the Florence Academy of Art
2008 President’s Awards from the Florence Academy of Art
2009 Florence Academy of Art Alumni Exhibition. Florence, Italy
2009 Hudson River Revival at the Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah

Biography from a third party submitted on 01/14/2006:
Ryan S. Brown began his formal visual arts education at Brigham Young University where he studied illustration. While there he worked closely with Robert Barrett and Ralph Barksdale.  Ryan graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration in August 2002.  That same summer he began studying under William Whitaker, a master portrait and figurative painter, who quickly became one of Ryan's greatest mentors.

 Soon after graduation, Ryan entered the Florence Academy of Art where he studied in their drawing program.  Upon his return from Florence, Ryan began teaching these academic drawing principles at Brigham Young University where he still teaches today.

In May of 2004 Ryan opened the Classical Drawing Academy in Springville, Utah where he teaches traditional academic drawing methods.  Ryan was the recipient of the John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Scholarship in 2004.  Ryan has many heroes in art, but works to exemplify the craft and excellent standard of the great classical and naturalist painters of the 19th century.

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