Ryan Louis is a Toronto-based visual artist who creates contemporary mixed-media pieces and photographic images. Playful in nature, his work addressed nostalgia and the familiar, taking you back yet simultaneously propelling you forward with something new.

Ryan Louis always makes sure he has something staged or created prior to taking a photograph. Louis often removes images from their original context, essentially making them three-dimensional by setting the cutouts upright in a space to achieve real depth and shadows, sometimes placing these segments alongside other objects or in spaces. He then flattens the image once more with the camera and prints the final artwork back onto paper. Case in point: The matches in his Forest Fire piece, appearing on our Series Two labels, seem to jump out at you in the foreground while his lone coyote grins amidst the clutter. It could very well be taken as a poignant social commentary but is also incredibly visually pleasing.






Louis is obviously very talented: he has been chosen as an Emerging Artist at the The Artist Project, and his work has been selected in juried shows at Toronto’s O’Born Contemporary, Show & Tell Gallery, and Gladstone Hotel‘s Contemporary Art Exhibition. He’s also been featured in Canadian House & Home Magazine.


One of Louis’ pieces will be part of the Contact Photography Festival as part of an OCADU show at 285 Dundas Street West from May 1- May 31, 2014.

Keep up with Louis and his awesome art on his website, ryan-louis.com, Twitter and Instagram: imryanlouis.




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