Ryan Callanan is the alter ego of his alias ‘RYCA’ under which he became a prominent artist on the Street Art Scene. Ryan Callanan’s highly disciplined work is a move away from this aesthetic towards a new practice that focuses more on the skills and techniques he developed as a 3D sign writer.
Ryan Callanan began with a series of 3D works of the smiley face which is synonymous with Acid House rave culture of the 1980s. He re-contextualised this iconic motif by rendering it in materials and a style usually associated with traditional pub signs; bas-relief, gold inlay and a black lacquered background. This led to a highly successful series of works in the visual style of the subverted pub sign.
Before working as a sign writer Ryan studied 3D Design and Modelmaking. Through his qualification and over 10 years of professional work he has acquired a vast knowledge of materials, learning about surface finish, spray painting, casting and moulding. “From day one in college (1998) to now, I have discovered new methods and processes every day.