Ryan Mosley

Band of None

September 6October 25, 2014

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Ryan Mosley: Band of None

Ryan Mosley: Band of None
Installation view

Ryan Mosley: Band of None
Installation view

Ryan Mosley: Band of None
Installation view

Ryan Mosley: Band of None
Installation view

Ryan Mosley

Ryan Mosley

This is an artwork titled The Plateau Fringe by artist Ryan Mosley made in 2014

Ryan Mosley
The Plateau Fringe, 2014

This is an artwork titled An Eight Guinea Hill by artist Ryan Mosley made in 2014

Ryan Mosley
An Eight Guinea Hill, 2014

This is an artwork titled Fainting Society by artist Ryan Mosley made in 2014

Ryan Mosley
Fainting Society, 2014

This is an artwork titled Annex of Diction by artist Ryan Mosley made in 2014

Ryan Mosley
Annex of Diction, 2014

This is an artwork titled Dressing Room by artist Ryan Mosley made in 2014

Ryan Mosley
Dressing Room, 2014

This is an artwork titled Band of None by artist Ryan Mosley made in 2014

Ryan Mosley
Band of None, 2014

This is an artwork titled Wearing Another's Head on Your Jacket by artist Ryan Mosley made in 2014

Ryan Mosley
Wearing Another's Head on Your Jacket, 2014

This is an artwork titled Townsender by artist Ryan Mosley made in 2014

Ryan Mosley
Townsender, 2014

This is an artwork titled Smokeless God by artist Ryan Mosley made in 2014

Ryan Mosley
Smokeless God, 2014

This is an artwork titled Deep in Thought by artist Ryan Mosley made in 2014

Ryan Mosley
Deep in Thought, 2014

This is an artwork titled Themed From An Invisible History by artist Ryan Mosley made in 2014

Ryan Mosley
Themed From An Invisible History, 2014

This is an artwork titled Powder Room by artist Ryan Mosley made in 2014

Ryan Mosley
Powder Room, 2014

Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects is pleased to announce Band of None, the gallerys first solo exhibition with UK-based painter Ryan Mosley. Mosleys lush figurative paintings sample liberally from history, literature, and fantasy; they frequently reference commedia dellarte, carnival, shamanism, and the figure of the flneur. Beyond these inspirations, the content of Mosleys work is shaped by his ruminations on his own imaginative and intuitive studio process. As he builds jewel-toned worlds within the frame of the canvas, his marks, figures, and motifs evolve into new and ever vibrant species of painting.


The exhibition Band of None assembles a group of outsiders and performers. The psychological portrait of the same title features a band of musicians or a collective of colleagues, none of whom subscribe to a definite leader or set of rules. Stories about these character-types describe them as outlaws and rebels. In Mosleys paintings, the impulse to mythologize is transformed into a dreamy aesthetic where characters oscillate between hero and anti-hero, folk legend and beautiful stranger.


While Mosleys paintings are not tied to specific locations or time periods, their inhabitants feel more at home in the street fairs and stages of the 18th and 19th century than in our contemporary world. However, their colorful garments, elaborate hats, and bouffant hairdos are punctuated with glowing neon accents that place the work decidedly in our time. And yet, the viewer cannot be sure of these figures; they repeat and dissolve into hue and pattern as though a blistering heat wave is producing a Fata Morgana.


Ryan Mosley lives and works in London and Sheffield, UK. He graduated with an MA from the Royal College of Art, London. Recent solo exhibitions include Alison Jacques Gallery, London, UK; Eigen + Art, Berlin, Germany; and Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO. Selected group exhibitions include S1 Artspace, Sheffield, UK; Modern Museum, Hungary; City Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic; Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK; State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia; The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK; and the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. Mosleys paintings are included in the Arts Council Collection, UK, the Saatchi Collection, and the Falckenberg Collection. Ryan Mosley is represented by Alison Jacques Gallery, London, UK.