Fine Lines - Ryan Orewiler

Something about the way layers of concrete and steel unfold while lining the veins of any great metropolis always appealed to local artist Ryan Orewiler. He notices the way that skyscrapers dart into the blue sky and considers the clashing of past and present between neighboring buildings while trying to capture the pulse of busy intersections full of rushing cabs. He discovers the angles and viewpoints that are both familiar and foreign and translates them to canvas for eternal visual enjoyment and consideration. 

On a trip to New York with his family as a six-year-old, Orewiler finished his first of many cityscapes by painting a scene of central park to remember his time there. Now his paintings bring with them scenes and experiences from Southeast Asia to the arches flowing down the Short North. 

“I’ve always admired the layering of pattern, shapes, color and overall energy of the city. Each city I’ve traveled to has its own unique qualities,” says Orewiler. “I try to give the viewer a little bit of a feel of what it’s like to be there.” 

Armed with a camera and aspirations to find interesting architecture to recreate in his own mix of expressionism and impressionism, Orewiler has traveled to the streets of London,  Jakarta and Tokyo taking snapshots for a series of his work. Multiple taxi rides and train passes yield thousands of photos, which are sorted through and used for future projects. A lot is seen and discovered while sitting on a bus or in a cab, and it almost becomes a running character throughout his work. 

“I have an admiration for taxi cabs and public transit. You can get a feeling for the people and energy of a place when you see it from something like the ‘L’ in Chicago,” says Orewiler. “It seems to be a running theme that a taxi always ends up in my pieces. There’s something about the boldness of the color of taxis from different places that gives them a place there.” 

With upcoming shows at Hayley Gallery in December and S. Dot Gallery in February, Orewiler keeps busy with his cityscapes, abstracts and now with a series of silk-screens that showcase local landmarks like the LeVeque Tower and the Smith Brothers hardware building. 

I grew up in German Village. As a kid, I would skateboard through downtown and enjoy the streets and buildings,” says Orewiler. “The city itself has been a great inspiration to my art.” 
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