The next afternoon I spent some time looking through his online albums and found his work very intriguing! He has developed a unique style using oil, acrylic, and spray paint and applies these to canvas and panels. I'm also exited to see that Smeeton is starting to take his work outside in the form of murals and street art.
His 2013 series of paintings - Objects and Things - show a great deal of skill in the way he reproduces the fluid folds in fabric and illustrates objects with only a few simple brush strokes.
When I asked Ryan to tell me more about his approach, he said: "[I] try to remove and/or alter information so as to put a break in the line of direct representation and to present the viewer with new perspectives. I like to think it’s my job to create questions rather than provide answers."
For a recent BFA grad, Ryan has already attracted a lot of attention with his work. I'm happy to have found out about him and I think he'll be a great contributor to the Ottawa art scene!
You can check out more of his artwork at: http://ryansmeeton.ca/