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Fantastic And Surreal
The Art of Bill and Ryan Delve

April 4th to May 25th, 2013
Public Reception: May 16th 7:00pm

The New Gallery’s +15 Window
Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts
205 8 Avenue SE


Presented in partnership with The New Gallery

Ryan Delve conjures up evocative, fantastic images in acrylic paint that flow across clothing and other three-dimensional surfaces. Bill’s sensitive pencil drawings reflect his keen observational skills and a disciplined dedication to capturing the nuances of light and shadow which sometimes jump off the page onto a variety of objects. Though their styles are distinct, Ryan and Bill share a life-long passion for art that finds expression in the art studio of the Calgary Drop-In Centre where they reside.

Curated by Eveline Kolijn.

“A unique cross of comic art and surrealism” is how Bill describes his art. He places comic-style vamps in haunting, mystical woods. Hooded nymphs cradle fairies or step in front of a giant moon, all carefully rendered in detailed and delicate pencil drawings. Bill is completely self-taught, and has discovered the power of art in the last two years, in which he has been pouring out hundreds of these delicate drawings. A jack of all trades, and often only seasonally employed, Bill has experienced homelessness throughout his life. It was during one of these times, that he started to draw, and discovered that it came naturally and filled a void. Bill has been expanding his artistic vocabulary to repurposing objects and furniture, which he covers with monsters and devils with textured and boldly colored acrylics.

Similar work is made by another artist in this creative hive, which is the Wildrose Studio of the Calgary Drop In centre. Ryan Delve grew up as a street kid and expresses that aesthetic in bright-colored and bold paintings of angels and skulls, dragons and spaceships. Ryan is always full of ideas and with each visit to the studio one finds new and imaginative work. Always working with low-budget materials, these artists find new ways to apply the available art-materials on items like framed vintage reproductions and clothing. Ryan is no stranger to making art: he has previously worked as a tattoo-artist and discovered to not only cover skin, but clothing as well. A discarded old jacket receives new life with painted flesh, pneumatic tubes, bone and skulls. Ryan and Bill make art everyday, feeding off each other’s energy and finding joy in creating the fantastic and the surreal. They have found their muse and they work hard to grow their art and aspire to make it their living.

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