Ryan Hewett
Ryan Hewett

Ryan Hewett

'One of South Africa's most distinguished painters'

Renowned for his brooding and evocative paintings, for South African born Hewett, the portrait is not about capturing an external likeness of a subject, but rather creating a portal to the inner journey of self-exploration.

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According to esteemed writer and art critic Edward Lucie-Smith, Hewett’s pictures “appear on the painted surface in the form of extraordinary apparitions, present yet not present. The vigorous marks of the brush reveal them, yet at the same time conceal them”, going on to label him as, “one of South Africa’s most distinguished painters today – we become part of the work, engaged by the act of looking.”

Hewett has honed his singular style throughout the course of his artistic career, transitioning from controlled pencil drawings, to gestural portraiture and, most recently, to sweeping landscapes. His movement into landscape demonstrates Hewett’s command of the materiality of his artworks, which are deeply textured as rich impasto areas of paint complement smooth geometric expanses. Hewett relies on the fluid process of memory and imagination to create his works. He paints with no preconceptions, allowing his artworks to unfold intuitively onto the canvas. Both Hewett’s portraiture and landscapes build upon the potential of abstraction, rendering more than simple likenesses and reproductions, but the essence of a mood or sensation.

Ryan Hewett | The Game Awards | 2020

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Ryan Hewett is a South African born artist whose debut solo exhibition was presented by Barnard Gallery in April 2013 and sold out within days of it opening to the public. Following this early success, Hewett has exhibited extensively in group exhibitions in major cities around the world, including Berlin, London, Hong Kong, Paris, Sydney and New York. His paintings have also been included in various international art fairs and, in recent years, Hewett’s solo exhibitions in New York, California, Cape Town, London and Dallas enjoyed unquestionable success. The demand for Hewett’s work continues to grow exponentially, making him one of South Africa’s most notable contemporary painters. Hewett has had three sell-out shows with Unit London and his work can be found in private collections internationally, including collections in South Africa, Dubai, Los Angeles, Zurich, Miami, London, New York and Riyadh. 

 

 

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