Ry An died once, was resuscitated, then spent the next 11 years painting hundreds of landscapes in rural parts of Japan. Here there were: fires, earthquakes, landslides, traffic accidents, amnesia, yakuza, ...and matters far worse. Ry An returned to the US after threats & attempts on his life were made. He enrolled at the Graduate School of Illustration - AAAU, in order to bring a more narrative element to his art and spent the ensuing years, drawing pictures in near solitude.
In time, he met a woman whom he fell fabulously in love with, but while Ry An was painting in his own home, she was nearly murdered in hers. She seemed to go insane and vanished soon after.
Ryan struggled to complete any new work after that incident – associating illustrations and narrative art, circumstantially, with the: insanity, bloodshed, and the loss of a loved one he had witnessed. After a time of producing no work at all, he learned to make paper-based sculptures, these being far enough removed from two-dimensional art to not trigger the same psychological stresses. They began as whimsical animals, similar to characters from his earlier illustrations, but shifted to more “dangerous” things.
His current project with the ESKFF Foundation: "the Woods", is an allegorical exploration of some of these terrible experiences told through paintings and sculptures, featuring a cast of (predominantly) animal characters as they try to make their way through a dark forest:
a small yellow cat,
a blind horse,
a moth with tattered wings,
a man lost amongst the trees...