Ryan Gourley

Posted on May 20, 2009 by Sawdust Art Festival

Ryan Gourley is a multimedia artist known for his diversity of style and endless imagination. Ryan’s ability to interpret concepts and construct reality has led to many extraordinary projects.

Ryan first exhibited at the Sawdust Art Festival in 1971 with ceramics and leather goods. He is a true multi-media artist and has done custom art, soft sculpture character dolls, fashion and party hats, painted pillows, clothing and tie dye.

Several of Ryan’s designs have been chosen for posters and t-shirts at the Sawdust Art Festival, including the Magic of Art in 1990 and Sawdust at Night in 2004, after Van Gogh’s Night Cafe.

The extensive Winter Rainbow Ice Castle at the Sawdust Art Festival 2006 jutted skyward with coned towers and an icicle facade, adding the the fatasy of the show.

Ryan’s work is visible around Laguna beach as well. You may have seen the funkadelic van around town which was painted by Ryan and friends. the Magic Bus celebrated the Sawdust’s 40th Anniversary.

Ryan’s collection of paintings from A Surfer’s Perspective reflect the inspiration he gets not just from surfing, but from capturing a glimpse of the surf culture and recording it in his art. Ryan’s work is in collections around the world.