Ryan McGinness // Beautiful Losers

I first came across Ryan McGinness at the Beautiful Losers art exhibit in Newport Beach back in 2005. The traveling exhibition took aesthetics from skateboarding, graffiti, and underground music such as punk rock and hip-hop. The show also showcased work by artists Thomas Campbell, Shepard Fairey, Barry McGee, and Ed Templeton, amongst other incredible talent. But it was Ryan McGinness’s work that really caught my attention with his precise attention to detail, amazing use of colors, and silk screen layering techniques. Ryan grew up in the surf and skate culture of Virginia Beach, which he makes visible in a lot of his work. He is best known for his original and extensive vocabulary of graphic drawings which use the visual language of public signage, corporate logos, and contemporary iconography. McGinness creates paintings, sculptures, and environments, using strong visual iconography leaving the viewer to gander for days at the massive and colorful intricacy of his work. Check out the trailer for the Beautiful Losers documentary (2008) and some of Ryan McGinness’s work below.

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