Ryan Mosley’s paintings plunge us into the narrative deep end, immersing us in worlds where time is out of joint, and a rag-bag cast of characters pursue quixotic ends. In his Athenians (2022), two women swim in the waters off a Grecian quayside, observed by a pair of lanky, impassive men, who stand on the decks of oar-less, unmoored boats, which might at any moment drift off, pitching their passengers into the lapping waves. We might wonder what obscure protocol is being followed, here, and whether the apparent hierarchy between the figures is about to be upended. Bonne Anniversarie (2022) is perhaps even more of a puzzle. A small crowd of zoo visitors (one with a Gustave Courbet-like beard, another with an image of a birthday cake on his jacket’s back) stand inside a cheetah’s cage, while a keeper whispers in the beast’s ear. What is he whispering? The silent, static image cannot tell us, and therein lies not a limitation, but a universe of possibilities. 

 

Mosley completed his MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art, London (UK) in 2007. His work has featured in numerous group shows, notably the major survey Radical Figures: Painting in the New Millennium at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2020) and One Day, Something Happens: Paintings of People, Hayward Gallery Touring, UK (2015-2016, curated by Jennifer Higgie).


Recent solo exhibitions: Upon Peaceable Land at Galerie EIGEN + ART, Leipzig, DE (2022); Three Corner Field at Josh Lilley, London, UK (2021), and Verses in Time at Larsen Warner, Stockholm, SE (2020).

 

Selected collections: Milwaukee Art Museum, WI (US); Arts Council Collection, England (UK); Falckenberg Collection, Hamburg (DE); Saatchi Collection, London (UK); Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI (US).

Ryan Mosley participates in the exhibition The Kingfisher's Wing, July 21 - August 19, 2022. For more information about the artist please vist Josh Lilley Gallery.