Ryan Callanan AKA Ryca is known for his fun artworks that combine techniques and typography used in old-fashioned pub signage with motifs from popular culture. Most notably, the smiley face synonymous with the Acid House rave culture of the 1980s.
In Turd, Callanan applies his traditional English pub sign aesthetic to the iconic grinning emoji. Powerful in its minimalism, the black background emphasises the inlaid emoji, giving the piece a striking sense of depth and texture.
This hand-finished piece is from a limited edition of nine, signed by the artist.
Hand Finished: Yes
Medium: Silkscreen, Wood, Acrylic
Edition Type: Limited Edition
Edition Size: 9
Size (cm): 48 x 45.7
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About the artist
Ryan Callanan aka RYCA is a British contemporary artist with a distinctive body of work. Whether via his prints, sculptures, or recreations of traditional pub signage, RYCA has a unique knack for capturing the zeitgeist. Fusing the modern and the traditional, to create new and exciting takes on familiar references.
His latest show, 'Words are Weapons', marks 15 years since he started making his enormously-popular, typographical works. This new collection pays homage to moments in music, film and TV that are so iconic they are now ingrained in popular culture and evoke nostalgia in us all.
"This show is my version of a word search. Some phrases will jump out at you immediately, while others will make you scratch your head.” RYCA