Artworks - Ian Strawn
Ian Strawn studied Fine art at El Camino Community College, 2003 and went on to gain his BA in Visual Arts at Brigham Young University in 2006. With a phenomenally creative painter for a mother, and a set designing, iron sculpting father, Ian was well encouraged in his artistic inclinations right from the outset.
Ian is a self-confessed people watcher; catching momentary glimpses of strangers to glean what he can from the short moment that he can steal a glance. He has lived in Los Angeles, Oregon, Utah, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington State, and New Zealand, a nomadic past feeding his fascination with the people around him.
His work has mirrored this same passion. In it, he describes people as if captured at that glance. The scene is not wholly realized. Settings, clothes, and objects are often abridged or discarded. But what remains speaks of who they are, what they want, and what their relationship is to the viewer. It is what is left when nothing more is wanted.
Strawn's paintings mix a deadpan photorealistic sense with a graphic approach, offering an arresting visual analysis of the cross-section of humanity one encounters in the streets. Working from snapshots of strangers, Strawn translates the images to canvas, stripping away superfluous details to heighten the subject's effect. In this way, he transforms fleeting expressions and gestures into modern-day /mementi mori/, reminding the viewer of art's power to supersede time.
Ian works in oil, ink or acrylic painted on a birch wood panel with pine back supports, and a gesso ground.
He currently lives with his partner and daughter in Pacific Northwest, USA, where he works from his studio.
Ianís work has been shown in galleries in LA, Denver, Chicago, Salt Lake City, Springville Museum of Art, Boston, San Francisco, New York, Miami, and London and currently adorns the walls of the Switzer Center in Los Angeles California in mural form.