Technology is important and keeping up with the latest developments is essential,” Ryan explains. In fact Ben Eine has called Ryan Callanan a “chemist-like” expert with materials and techniques.
Ryan’s work draws on a wide spectrum of popular culture. By cross referencing the familiar (pub signs, smiley faces, lyrics etc) he creates pieces which are ostensibly commonplace but actually highly original and unusual with subtly shifted meanings. His body of work is truly pushing the boundaries and rejuvenating the dying art of sign writing. In his own words, Ryan wants “to really establish the aesthetic of what I call ‘old fashioned signage’ as an art form to make it mine. Nothing is truly original but I don’t know of anyone else doing this kind of work.”
Ryan Callanan has collaborated with numerous acclaimed artists including David Walker, Stik, Ben Eine and Sick Boy, as well DJ Fatboy Slim.