Pictures of the Floating World [Ryan French]

Ryan Peter French is an artist currently based in Manchester. His practice spans multiple forms of media – primarily painting, illustration and digital art. The subject matter of his work lies in the human condition, our ability to share and connect experiences through visual language, and the necessity of fantasy in the face of reality. Symbolism from mythology and Jungian psychology are often a feature in the work. His artistic influences span the breadth of art history with particular reference to Dada, Surrealism, Symbolism and Art Nouveau. French is currently illustrating the queer horror graphic novel Love Bug, to be released in 2021, as well as exhibiting his digital works. You can find his work here; he also has Twitter and Instagram: @ryanpeterfrench

Ryan French is featured in Queer Contemporaries, a showcase of LGBTQIA+ artists. Through painting, sculpture, drawing, performance, film, assemblage and drag, Queer Contemporaries presents a cross-section of contemporary queer art in the UK. The gallery show took place in August 2020 at AIR Gallery. The digital exhibition is still online and is highly recommended. The showcase is curated by directors of Short Supply (@shortsupplymcr), Mollie Balshaw and Rebekah Beasley. We’d particularly like to thank Mollie for their suggestions regarding cover art.

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