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Born in 1971 to Midwestern parents, Ryan Norgren lives and works in Southern California. He has been an artist his entire life and was greatly influenced at a young age by his uncle who was mainly an abstract expressionist painter. His current work infuses technical skill and control of light, with a spontaneo… Read More
Born in 1971 to Midwestern parents, Ryan Norgren lives and works in Southern California. He has been an artist his entire life and was greatly influenced at a young age by his uncle who was mainly an abstract expressionist painter. His current work infuses technical skill and control of light, with a spontaneous painterly style emphasizing movement. “If a flower could dance, this is what it would look like,” says Norgren, “The beauty is in the blur.” Growing up nearsighted allowed him to observe the world in shapes and colors with limited detail and these visual memories have shaped his artwork.

Norgren studied art at California State University, Long Beach and continued his training with degrees in Computer Graphics and Multi Media Design. Originally apprehensive to the use of technology as an art medium, he has come to embrace it and even develop a passion for the immediacy it provides with creating an image.

In 2011, Norgren spent a summer contemplating the direction of his work. Reflecting on ideas from his specific experiences in life and art, the idea of creating abstract botanical photographs came to fruition. He believes in combinatorial creativity. “It is impossible to have an original thought, all creative ideas are essentially a combination of many other ideas,” says Norgren. After creating a few test images with an anthurium, he spent the next year improving his process.

Photographers Karl Blossfeldt and Imogen Cunningham combined with the work of Georgia O’Keeffe, Mark Rothko and Francis Bacon have all influenced Norgren. Read Less
Love is a common theme of his images. He has been creating images of flowers from a very young age, always with the intention to express his love for others. The titles of each image serve two purposes. The first is to emphasize the anthropomorphic quality and the second is to illustrate the gesture of giving a fl… Read More
Love is a common theme of his images. He has been creating images of flowers from a very young age, always with the intention to express his love for others. The titles of each image serve two purposes. The first is to emphasize the anthropomorphic quality and the second is to illustrate the gesture of giving a flower to someone you love. “Some of the images are named after people I know,” states Norgren, “I choose other names based on the visual and dynamic qualities of the flowers.” Read Less
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