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Artisan of the Month
David Ryan
Rolling Meadows, IL

After graduating from college in 1984, David Ryan moved to Chicago and began working part time as a freelance scenic artist.  Working freelance taught him a great deal and opened up a lot of opportunities.  During this period he worked on displays for museums, trade shows, photo sets and movies.  David briefly partnered with a group of other artisans in a cooperative and worked on a wide variety of projects- from art furniture finishes to hand painted wallpapers and fabrics to photo backdrops, picking up fresh techniques with each new job. Solo projects at that time were more geared to the advertising world.  One in particular was the set painting for the first photo shoot for the launch of Microsoft Windows.  He worked with “paint effects that played around melding the real world with the computer world.”  He loved the variety of the work that came with set painting.  “The only trouble I had with set work and free-lancing was the indefinite nature of it.”  When he was about to settle down and get married, David actually took real 9 to 5 job in printing sales,( briefly in 1987) but it didn’t take, and after a year   he began to feel restless.  “I felt that I had to create, that I needed to make things.”  With that driving force to create pushing him, David went back on his own.  In 1989, David started up his own business, which would eventually become Art for Food, and fed his need to create.

David works mainly with designers and occasionally builders.  He does this to ensure that “people aren’t surprised by the costs of things and that the projects move along efficiently.”  David has a very unique approach to his art.  Rather than have the walls be the first thing you see when you walk in a room, he wants them to be the final thing you see, the component that completes the room and subtlety holds it together.  It is in the background, complimenting the furniture, the artwork, the décor yet it is always present and visible.  His favorite techniques are subtle techniques that are calming, and truly envelope the room making it whole and complete.

When asked about a favorite job he has done David told a very unique story that may end up resonating in the hearts of many of us!  Imagine if you will, a husband sitting in a restaurant across from his wife.  He looks into her eyes and says, “imagine the house of your dreams, what would you want?”  In the restaurant, on a napkin she did a drawing of a house that was more a castle than a home. The scale and lines of the building evoked a chateau from the border regions of France and Germany, maybe Switzerland.  Her husband took this as a template and built his wife the castle of her dreams.  The home is approximately 20,000 square feet.  Pictures of this magnificent property are shown here.  “There were amazing touches to it.  My work was meant to embellish, to stay with the time period.”  Some of his projects in the home included designing a family crest for the center of the floor, painting a floor; he painted four dome ceilings, stenciling beams in the dining room and much more throughout.  One project lead to another and David enjoyed working for this client for approximately one year.

The picture of the Japanese theater shows the intricate detail of the hand cut stencil David made to transform this escape into an exotic room.  The “ceiling detail was shaded; the walls were covered in grass cloth that had a golden floral detail.  The paper was highlighted with a metallic paint that gave the effect that it was embroidered with gold thread.  Another picture shows a bathroom in which there is “hand painted floral with Chinese fretwork.”  Not only is this unique, it also does not cause the problems wall paper frequently does.  What an elegant alternative!

Light switches and outlets can be unseemly.  David was hired by a client to work on a home in Chicago on Lake Shore Drive with a 1920’s theme.  This project required intense detail in various shades of grays, wood tones and stone tiles.  The results of his work created a seamless effect that added to the charm and character that is evident throughout the home.

Edge lighting surrounds a suspended tray ceiling with subtle lighting and a gorgeous chandelier.  Over the years David had worked in this home many times, in many of its rooms and was hired again to paint this beautiful ceiling.  “The pattern came from a photo taken in a Moroccan village.”  He hand cut the stencil and had to measure repeatedly due to the geometric difficulty of the area he was working on.  The paint that was used was charcoal dust and lime paint.  “You can see every brush stroke.  It was like doing calligraphy.  Whatever you put there you can see.  It is really amazing.  It required real focus; you had to get in the zone and could not leave it.  In the end we were both very pleased.”

Meeting Kathy opened up a whole new horizon.  Kathy introduced David to “so many products that were so much more cost effective and efficient.”  David keeps current with his education from reading articles about other people, IDAL, and he goes to Kathy’s studio; the Chicago Institute of Fine Finishes.  “She always has new products and an open atmosphere.  She shares what she knows and likes to see other people do well.”  A few of his favorite products that he purchases from Kathy are the Golden Proceed line, Modern Masters Metallics, Modern Masters Plasters, as well as foils, Crestline paints, and Kathy’s seemingly limitless supply of tools and expertise.

For future growth David would like to continue to push toward the fine arts to foster his love of painting.  He enjoys doing large scale paintings.  Please visit his website to view more of his work there.

To learn more about David Ryan please visit www.artforfood.biz or contact him at 847.826.6098

 

 

 

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