Ryan Hill is a Los Angeles born,Washington, DC based artist who also writes and performs. He earned a Master's degree in studio art from the California Institute of the Arts and a Master's degree in film and television from University of California. His drawing installations have been shown in Los Angeles, CA, New York City, NY, Washington, DC, and Melbourne, Australia. Hill currently teaches drawing and painting courses at George Washington University and is the Director of Digital Learning Programs at the Hirshhorn Museum.
ABOUT THE PIECE:
During my inter-disciplinary online research - I also discover all kinds of images related to a theme I'm exploring. This drawing is based on a image by the 16th century German engraver Israhel van Meckenem who may have copied it from a Dürer print. The original engraving was black and white and the monkeys were chained together. I decided to unchain the monkeys and use color to emphasize their sensuality. I'm fascinated by these kinds of images because they are often done without actual observation and so they blend the artists fantasy and reality.