Ryan Bubnis: The People I've Known & The Places I've Been

Released Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The People I've Known & The Places I've Been, by Ryan Bubnis.
15% of the sale of this print goes to Teach For America.

Ryan Bubnis’ work has been described as “modern folk.” Through his paintings, installations, design and mural work, he comments on themes relating to the human condition.

Working intuitively, he incorporates a range of mediums that include found objects, paper, wood, canvas, aerosol, acrylics, cel vinyl, Papier-Mâché, graphite and India ink. He draws inspiration from life, love, graffiti, folk and outsider art from a variety of cultures.

Bubnis’ work has been featured in publications such as Nintendo Power, Clout, Vapors, Juxtapoz and IdN magazines. Some of his clients include Kidrobot, Nike, Imperial Motion, Aleph Zero, The Portland Mercury, Willamette Week, Seattle Weekly, 20th Century Fox, Singha and Gertrude Inc. He resides in Portland, OR, and is currently an instructor at The Pacific Northwest College of Art.

About the print:
The People I've Known & The Places I've Been is about all the people, situations and environments that have impacted your life. Good or bad, it's about the things that have helped shape you and have made you into the person you are today. It's your story and personal history.

I often do preliminary sketches or thumbnails for a lot of my pieces but this image was a lot looser in its creation. Almost like drawing, but with paint. It’s spontaneous mark making. I trusted my gut and just went for it.

This is a digital print on acid free, Neenah uncoated matte 100lb cover paper that is 80% recycled. It was digitally signed by the artist and was numbered by The Working Proof.


What has inspired you recently?
Life, death, happiness, sadness, love, patterns, music, books, textures, teaching, good design, and art-making in general.

Why did you choose to pair Teach For America with your print?
I chose to pair my print with Teach For America, because I strongly believe that poverty shouldn't limit your educational opportunities. We should all be given a fair shot to succeed.

How have you seen art transform the world around you?
Good art or design can stop you in your tracks. It can be used as a tool to bring awareness to ideas, causes, and new ways of thinking.

If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
It’s an obvious choice, but I’d have to say, Picasso. He was equal parts artist, mark-maker, and philosopher. He did so much and never stopped making work. He was constantly pushing himself and his style, and worked with a variety of mediums. He was a magician and alchemist. If you haven’t seen the movie, Magic, Sex, Death, stop what you’re doing and go watch it now.

Who are some artists you think people should know about?
Robert Hardgrave, and Erik Otto.

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