Ryan Heshka has a new solo show coming up called "Strange Powers." It's opening this Friday (May 21, 2010) at Rotofugi in Chicago.
Vancouver-based painter Ryan Heshka has long fascinated Rotofugi with his painterly pulp science-fiction style… and Rotofugi has always wanted to collaborate somehow with Chicago-based BLAB! magazine. So they've arranged an exhibit of nearly two dozen paintings by Ryan created for an upcoming BLAB! project he and Monte are collaborating on. Both Ryan and Monte will be attending the show.
Ryan Heshka was born in Manitoba, Canada in 1970, and grew up in Winnipeg. Fueled by long prairie winters, he spent a lot of his childhood drawing, building cardboard cities and making super 8 films. Early influences that persist to this day include antiquated comics and pulp magazines, natural history and music, movies and animation that are unintentionally creepy. Formally trained in interior design, he is self-taught as an artist. In addition to gallery shows, he is currently working on several picture book projects for children as well as adults. He lives in Vancouver, B.C., Canada with his fiancee Marinda.
BLAB! is an annual anthology of visual art produced by Chicago-based graphic designer and art director Monte Beauchamp. From its beginnings as a self-published one-shot fanzine conceived over twenty-three years ago, BLAB! has evolved into a highly regarded venue for contemporary artists working in sequential and comic art, graphic design, illustration, painting and printmaking.
A gallery of Heshka's work from the show is after the jump.