Food For Thought
Acrylics on Panel
18 in. x 24 in.
Food For Thought, Acrylics on Panel, 18 in. x 24 in., 2017
Elmhurst, New York
Hryanskim's art is deeply rooted in the practice of traditional surrealism and its ties to personal, psychological exploration. The framework for his paintings is created through the practice of automatic drawing before it is edited and rendered in paint. He believes that this method reveals things that his subconscious mind may be focusing on, similar to psychoanalytic free association. It is after the automatic drawing is complete that the meaning for each piece manifests itself. Extra elements are then added in order to fully realize that manifestation, thus combining the subconscious with the conscious. As a result, the fantastical figures in his paintings resemble those based in reality but are deformed and abstracted. His use of bright, pastel tones aim to contradict the grotesque figures birthed from his subconscious mind. Hryanskim invites viewers to find images in his work in the manner that they would if they were looking at Rorschach inkblots.