Ryan Hay is an abstract artist, musician, and occasionally a poet. He recently co-founded The Collective Artspace, an exhibition and studio space in Grand Rapids, MI that is home to a collective of fifteen artists.
Ryan’s visual work is inspired by the emotionality of abstract expressionism and the crisp aesthetic of minimalism, and it uses vibrant colour and forms to comfort viewers while reminding them of the fragile, chaotic nature of existence. This effect is achieved through Ryan’s use of mediums such as acrylics, polyurethane, and wood stains, and his willingness to let chance play a significant role in his application process. The interplay between control and chance occurs in nearly all of Ryan’s visual and musical work, which is informed by his history as a poet, teacher and improvisational pianist. RYAN HAY WEBSITE