Ryan Mosley

Ryan Mosley (b. Chesterfield, UK, 1980) trained at the University of Huddersfield and Royal College of Art, London; the artist lives and works in Sheffield, UK.


Mosley’s visual universe is populated by an array of fantastical characters from harlequins and cabaret dancers, bearded musicians to unknown travellers. These oddball protagonists come together in delightfully inexplicable narratives that evoke a carnival world of surreal nightlife and macabre theatre. Although many of these characters are rooted in every day observation each one springs from the artists own imagination with many appearing recursively throughout Mosley’s work and thus taking on a lived quality.  Verses in Time presents an artist continuing to push the notion of what figurative painting can be and contributing to its increasing relevance in the 21st century.

Ryan Mosley (b. 1980, Chesterfield, UK) Selected solo exhibitions include A Planets Revolution, Galerie EIGEN + ART, Berlin, Germany (2019); Rival Poets, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen, Denmark (2019); Under Moon, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium (2018); Anatamy of the Wall, Alison Jacques Gallery, London, UK (2016); Band of None, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, USA (2014). Mosley’s works have been included in numerous group exhibitions including Radical Figures: Painting in the New Millenium, Whitechapel, London, UK (2020); Drawing Biennial 2019, Drawing Room, London, UK (2019); The Walls Have Ears, Aston Hall Museum, Birmingham, UK (2018); INTER YOUTH, Museum of China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China (2017); PAINTERS' PAINTERS, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK (2016); Bühnenreif / 1. Akt (1900 - 2016), Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Remagen, Germany (2016); One Day, Somthing Happens: Paintings of People, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds, UK; Hayward Touring & Arts Council exhibition, UK (2015); June: A Painting Show, Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK (2015); 100 Painters of Tomorrow, Beers Contemporary, London, UK (2014); Nightfalls, MODEM Centre for Modern and Contemporary Arts, Debrecen, Hungary (2012); London Twelve, City Gallery Prague, Prague, Czech Republic and Museum of Modern Art, Baku, Azerbaijan (2012); Newspeak: British Art Now, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK, Hermitage, St Petersburg, Russia and Art Gallery of South Australia (2009-2011). His work can be found in numerous major institutional and private collections including Milwaukee Art Museum USA, Arts Council Collection UK, Burger Collection Germany, Saatchi Collection UK, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design USA, The Box UK, Graves Gallery UK, and Royal Albert Memorial Museum UK.