Artist Ryan Christopher Courtier’s first exhibition in his home town of Bury St Edmunds will be showcasing his recent collage works after graduated from the University of Wales Trinity St David of Swansea in June 2015.
The exhibition is held in the Edmund Gallery at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, courtesy of its Dean and Chapter, and focuses on themes of beauty and nature with a particular emphasis on celebrating colour and form, using real photographs of flowers and plants cut-out from nature books.
Courtier assembles these images to manufacture (what would be in real life) impossible combinations of flowers and plants to aestheticise natural beauty through artistic endeavour.
Courtier wishes that the viewer may realise a sense of pleasure that nature can bring, because in today’s world nature is easily neglected.
In Courtier’s recent collages there are obvious political and religious visuals that have been manifested in the artists mind as mere thoughts and observations.
These are perhaps part of a more personal chain of thought rather than an intentional world message. Courtier has worked in the medium of collage for the past four years, and over this time the changes have been surprising.
This year the artist has added a local twist to the theme of his exhibition as a personal response to his sense of excitement returning to Bury St Edmunds.
RYAN CHRISTOPHER COURTIER ARTWORKS will be open to the public on Saturday, February 27 from 10.30am to 5pm, until close date on March 3 at 12pm.