Ryan Smitham was raised in the forested foothills of the Rocky Mountains near the hamlet of Bragg Creek, Alberta. His work explores concepts such as violent conflict and environmental degradation however his most pervasive theme is the wisdom and beauty of nature, which is demonstrated through the use of organic pattern/materials, and through references to gravity, chaos, and the effects of time. His studio practice involves the exploration of a wide range of techniques, media, and subject matter with an emphasis in sculpture.
Smitham received an M.F.A. in sculpture from the Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, New York) in 2013, and a B.F.A. in visual art and B.Ed. in art education from the University of Lethbridge (Lethbridge, Alberta) in 2003 and 2005 respectively. His work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Canada and the United States. Ryan currently teaches Sculpture at the Alberta College of Art and Design and Visual Art at Foundations for the Future Charter Academy.
black glass, thread, m.d.f., lacquer
Brooklyn, New York
Bad Little F
aluminum, thread, magnets
glass, ash wood, aluminum, core sampled artists’ sketchbooks