It’s a banner year for local artist

Renowned Okanagan artist Bryan Ryley is about to have his work shown high above the Vernon Public Art Gallery.

Vernon artist Bryan Ryley has been chosen to have his painting reproduced as banners to be displayed outside the Vernon Public Art Gallery.

Vernon artist Bryan Ryley has been chosen to have his painting reproduced as banners to be displayed outside the Vernon Public Art Gallery.

Renowned Okanagan artist Bryan Ryley is about to have his work shown high above the Vernon Public Art Gallery.

The winner of the VPAG’s banner project competition, Ryley will see a large-scale reproduction of one of his paintings displayed on the east side of the city parkade, where the VPAG is currently located.

The VPAG put a call out to artists for its banner project and received some excellent submissions from local area artists, said executive director Dauna Kennedy Grant.

“We are thrilled to be able to facilitate this banner project, thanks to funding from the Vernon B.C. Winter Games Legacy Fund,” she said. “This installation will create an exterior gallery space, which will provide a visible impact to the parkade wall thanks to the quality submissions we received from area artists.”

Ryley has also provided the original painting that is being recreated on the enlarged banners to be auctioned off at this year’s Midsummer’s Eve of the Arts, July 15 at Turtle Mountain Winery.

“Don’t miss your opportunity to be the winning bidder on this important work of art,” said Kennedy Grant. “The original artwork will be a perfect piece for your office or as a feature piece to your home collection.”

Based in Vernon, Ryley exhibits in both Canada and the U.S. and his work can be found in numerous private and public collections around the world.

“Throughout his career, Bryan Ryley’s work has moved back and forth among three media – painting, drawing, and collage, with forays into sculpture and photography. In each medium he explores structural systems and serial compositions, developing new voice with each change of material and scale,” said VPAG curator Lubos Culen. “Ryley’s lyrical tones and richly textured colour is reminiscent of a classical modernist abstraction rooted in cubist collage and surrealist inspired abstraction.”

The installation of the banners on the exterior of the parkade will take place in the near future.