Ryan Syrell is a Baltimore-based painter who also teaches and writes about art.


MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

BFA, State University of New York at Purchase, Purchase, NY

Selected Solo Exhibitions

TBA, Springsteen Gallery, Baltimore, MD
TBA, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA

VT —> NY, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
Adventures Close to Home, Bromo Seltzer Tower, Baltimore, MD

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, VA

Roughed In, John Fonda Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Addenda: Rosy-Fingered Dawn at Louse Point, ReInstitute, Baltimore, MD

Painted Woods, Current Space, Front Gallery, Baltimore, MD

Selected Group Exhbition

To Find Home, curated by Zach Wampler, HappyluckyNo.1, with Doron Langberg, Sarah Muehlbauer, and Beverly Semmes, Brooklyn, NY
Hot Hot Hot, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
Sondheim Semi-Finalist exhibition, Baltimore, MD

Transformer Auction, Katzen Center, American University, Washington DC
Whateverbeing, curated by Owen Duffy, Present Co., Brooklyn, NY
Sondheim Prize Alumni Show, curated by Cara Ober and Stewart Watson, Area 405, Baltimore, MD
Emerge, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
WORK, Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA
Washington Project for the Arts Auction, Uline Arena, Washington, DC

Art, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
InLight, with Jon Rehwholdt, Peter Baldes, and Greg Piwonka, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA
Horse Apartment, FAB Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
CURRENT Art Fair with Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
Emerge, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
The Heat Goes on Where the Hand Has Been, Richmond, VA
University Combine, Capital One West Creek Campus, Richmond, VA

Real Rocks are Heavy and Hard to Find with James Bouché, Gallery Four, Baltimore, MD
This Just In, Depot Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Sondheim Prize Finalist Exhibition, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
The Art of Caring, fundraiser auction for CASA, Area 405, Baltimore, MD

Baltimore Contemporary Cross-Section, Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, CT
I Like It in the City, Gallery CA, Baltimore, MD
Earth and Sky, Carspecken Scott Gallery, Wilmington, DE
PMF V, organized by Open Space, D Center, Baltimore, MD
Select 2014, curated by Mera Rubell, Artisphere, Arlington, VA
Select 2014 (preview), presented by the WPA, hosted by Marianne Boesky, New York, NY

Transformer Art Auction, Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC
Regarding Territory, curated by Ginevra Shay, Furthermore, Washington, DC
Good Light, Current Space, Baltimore, MD
Ball of Worms, benefit auction for R.M. O’Brien, Metro Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Blonde Art Books Tour, curated by Alex Ebstein and Seth Adelsberger, Nudashank, Baltimore, MD
Blonde Art Books Tour, curated by Indie Photobook Library, Furthermore, Washington, DC
Out of Order, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD
PMF IV, organized by Open Space, D Center, Baltimore, MD
Odd Volume, curated by Aimee Lusty, Booklyn, Brooklyn, NY

moreLANDS, curated by Brent Holland Baker, Penthouse Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Souvenir, curated by Thomas Marquet, Camel Art Space, Brooklyn, NY
Everything Is Festival III, multiple venues, Los Angeles, CA
All-Visual Boston II, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
Narrative Ability, curated by Carl Gunhouse, Camel Art Space, Brooklyn, NY
All-Visual Boston, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA

All-Visual LA, Los Angeles, CA

Space Jam, curated Aimee Lusty, Union Gallery, New York, NY
Everything Is Festival I, Los Angeles, CA
It’s a Beautiful Thing, curated by Bill Hill, Jane Haslem Gallery, Washington, DC
Sweet/Awesome/Rad, The Hamilton, Burlington, VT

Wham City Crystal Skull, De Leon White Art Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Chinati Foundation Arts Festival, Marfa, TX
So Many Organs, Current Gallery, Baltimore, MD

Baltimore Round Robin, Pozen Center, Mass Art, Boston, MA
Baltimore Round Robin, Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI
Street Cred, Last House on the Left Gallery, Oakland, CA

Know Your Ghost, Mama Buzz Gallery, Oakland, CA

Everson Biennial, Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY


Davis, Ian Maclean, Bret McCabe, and Cara Ober. “Sondheim Three-Way.” BMoreArt
Kirkman, Rebekah. “Men at Work.” Baltimore City Paper
Camlin, April. “Real Rocks Are Heavy and Hard to Find.”  Post-Office Arts Journal

Gordon, Jill. “Mixed-Up: Baltimore Comes to Silvermine.” BmoreArt

McNellage, Xavier. “One Sided Dialogue: review of Painted Woods” BmoreArt
“Artscape: Art Highlights.” Baltimore City Paper
Ober, Cara. “We Saw This, So Should You: Print/Collect and Ryan Syrell at Current” BmoreArt,
“Now See This: Assembly Affect.” Baltimore City Paper
“Ryan Syrell.” Interview with Katherine Nonemaker. Open Lab Artists Journal

Deacon, Dan. “From the Desk of: Dan Deacon.” Magnet Magazine
Jovanovic, Rosalia. “Pick of the Week: Narrative Ability.” Flavorpill
O’Brien, R.M. “Three Baltimore Artists Reinvent the Landscape.”  Baltimore Fishbowl
“Now See This: moreLANDS,” Baltimore City Paper

“So Many Organs.” There Were Ten Tigers
Kabara, Tim. “Wicked Eats the Warrior” Beatbots
“Now See This: So Many Organs.” Baltimore City Paper


VCUarts Graduate Research Grant, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

David Wurtzel Travel Grant, Florence, Italy

Sondheim Prize Finalist, Baltimore, MD

Individual Artist Award, Sculpture. Maryland State Arts Council, Baltimore, MD

I’ve been making paintings of the intimate, domestic spaces of people who are close to me. The paintings grow out of our running dialogues and exchanges, our histories and trajectories. They depict bedrooms, kitchens, living rooms, desks, and dressers. They seek out and celebrate a cluttered and cacophonous intimacy. They articulate keys, cups, plants, computers, paintings, pens, shadows, movements, and absences with equal, non-hierarchical significance.

I try to paint in a way that articulates a sense of movement, interconnectivity, and slippage with regard to language and perception. I am interested in scaling up and inhabiting the moment of the shock of seeing—the fraction of a second during which the registration between sensation and language has not yet taken hold. Color and rhythm are deployed in ways that keep images from becoming too cohesive or legible. Some of these paintings can feel like accretion of interjections—pictures within pictures, frames within frames, rarely a dominant center, but a rhizome-like web of varying densities and intensities.

These paintings are simultaneously anxious and joyful, manic and celebratory. As much as these spaces can feel overwhelming or claustrophobic, they can also by turns be calm, absurd, playful, and comedic. I am interested in a form of painting where it may be difficult or impossible to say what is “happening”, because the thing that is happening is simply an imbuing of vitality into the mundane; finding, amplifying, and creating beauty without ignoring the complexity and anxiety of the time.