Featured Artist Kenneth Ryden

Artist Kenneth Ryden creates timeless sculpture for private and corporate collections and site-specific environments. See more from this accomplished sculptor by visiting his website.

 

Garment of Life

“Garment of Life” © Kenneth G. Ryden, displayed in Studio Garden

 

My country studio is an inspiring place to live and work. My wife Lynn and I love to observe nature with the many animals and other creatures that live in the woods and creek.

 

Illumination Bust

“Illumination Bust” Bronze, by Kenneth G. Ryden

 

We also enjoy having horses that we ride on the property and take all over the country trail riding. Two large dogs and two cats share our live-in studio. For me nature is the best teacher; I find that I can stay more grounded while working in the middle of a beautiful setting.

 

Kenneth G. Ryden in the studio

Artist Kenneth G. Ryden works in his Studio Art Foundry, 2012

 

I enjoy the manmade magnificence of a beautiful city also; the two extremes help me better understand the culture and context around me. I enjoy creating works for public installations, or private collectors, however I continue to create a body of “self motivated art” as research.

 

The Graces

“The Graces” © Kenneth G. Ryden, 2004, 20′ Diameter Fountain x 12′ High. Cast Bronze, Limestone, Stainless Steel

 

My work often uses representational form as a vehicle of expression. Even my contemporary conceptual oriented works that evolve out of my interest in history and culture are influenced by my love of nature as well.

 

Work in Progress

Artist Kenneth G. Ryden (3rd from left) with clients and work in progress, Studio shot, 2013

 

As a sculptor I work with a variety of materials and techniques. I chose Kansas University to complete my M.F.A. degree because of its strong program in metal art casting. I also enjoy fabrication techniques in a variety of metals, especially stainless steel, aluminum, and bronze.

 

Passing of the Ways

“Passing of the Ways” Bronze, 2012 by Kenneth G. Ryden

 

I often incorporate stone and water along with cast bronze in my larger installation works. I choose materials that support concepts and contexts well. If the work is created for outdoor settings I focus on materials that are very durable.

 

Illumination II

“Illumination II” by Kenneth G. Ryden at Church Street Inn, 2005

 

Although I consider myself to be a working artist first, I have maintained an interest in teaching by working as a professor of art and an artist-in-residence at several institutions of higher education.

 

Comments

  1. Justin says:

    Interesting read.

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