Grason Ratowsky (American, b. 1985) is a visual artist working across many different disciplines including painting, sculpture, design and functional art. Ratowsky grew up in the United States, Costa Rica and Spain and studied fine art with his artist father Ian Ratowsky from an early age. Today, Ratowsky lives in between the island of Mallorca, Spain and New York City. Inspired by vast experiences, interconnectivity and idiosyncratic forms, Ratowsky’s expressionist approach showcases a uniquely balanced union of energetic brushwork, fragmented structure and deep knowledge of composition and color psychology. This combination ultimately deconstructs space and morphs the essence of the subconscious into visual tangible works of fine art. His works blend the lines between the movement of expressionism with abstract contorted figuration, ultimately creating a subject matter in a singular signature style.
“My works are physical representations of the extruded subconscious. Fragments of memories, experiences and imagination come forth to compile uniquely schematic arrangements that invite the viewer to move into a space of speculation. Rooted in expressionism, the process involves a surge of wild strokes to a given surface with little end intention in mind. Once the vision begins to reveal itself, steps of deduction and abstraction ensue to finally highlight and exemplify form and figure.” “In this way, I do not hold a definite intention to paint objectively; I paint what lies in between. I paint the writing between the lines. When a figurative object placed in a scene is brought to life in my paintings, it is not the figure itself that I am translating but the emotion it evokes. I highlight the soul of the scene rather than the universal comprehension of it. Merging the lines between expressionism with surrealism and abstract figuration help me rearrange the usage of output to identify a hidden meaning. An unforeseen truth is revealed to the viewer in which they’re able to weave in their own personal emotional value and story.”
“In Each Of Us There Are Many”
Seoul, Ibiza, New York
For this years conceptual series, Grason Ratowsky has created three separate but interrelated bodies of work that all convey the overarching concept that “In each of us there are many”. Humans are incredibly multidimensional. We are built to adapt. To mold. To shift given each scenario. To evolve in one’s self and externally with others.
What do we choose to expose in our lives and what do we choose to conceal? In which tone of light is that exposure illuminated? How do we position these facets of ourselves to better our progression in each given circumstance? What defines our true authentic selves?
These are the concepts that have been explored in the following body of work. The notion that each of us wear many masks. In certain scenarios we are one person and in others we are another. We intuitively deliver a chosen version of ourselves in each given situation to advance our progression. These works are built from a belief that we all have a form of multiple personalities that we shift and manage to form the amalgamation of how we are perceived within the world. The works are a speculative, evolving exploration into the human condition.
Throughout these works you will see these considerations visually manifested. You will see the organized chaos of a person who has lived a very transient life. Someone who has moved countless times around the world and who has had the opportunity to adapt to many different cultures, situations and relationships.
The viewer will experience these concepts visually uncover via fragmented, contorted beings, the contrast of both colorful and stark emotional kaleidoscopes flowing together and building tension to ultimately release a myriad of feelings within ourselves.
A universal interconnectivity of personality both externally and internally is shown abstractly within the merged and coalescing body parts, objects and scenes within the works. Intensely emotional strokes add movement and life to the different turmoils, joys and tensions within the abstracted subject matter to highlight the impassioned relationships hidden within one’s self or purposefully displayed beyond the surface.
“Of Light And The Absence Of”
New York Chapter
Step into the transcendent realm of Grason Ratowsky’s latest singular style exhibit, “Of Light and the Absence Of,” in East Hampton, New York. This exhibition marks the thrilling culmination of the concept umbrella “In Each of Us There Are Many,” where Ratowsky weaves realizations to create an exciting new body of work specific to this location. A mesmerizing exploration of expressionism awaits, pushing beyond the confines of the physical and metaphysical. Ratowsky’s paintings burst with life, emanating an electric energy that draws viewers into a captivating dance of vivid colors and raw emotions.
Within this vibrant tapestry, Ratowsky’s artistic movements go beyond mere subject representation; they beckon us to feel the very essence of light and its absence. With each brushstroke, Ratowsky guides our emotions, allowing us to immerse ourselves in the interplay of brightness and shadow. Confident bursts of color reveal a profound truth—the shadows that haunt our inner selves are not entities themselves; instead, they arise from the lack of illumination. Amidst bold splashes of luminous pigments cascading across the canvas like beacons of hope, there exist areas of depth and obscurity—the shades that linger at the fringes of the light’s embrace.
As we navigate “Of Light and the Absence Of,” a poignant realization takes hold—the core of our being transcends mere luminance; it resides in the delicate balance of both radiant light and mysterious shadows. Ratowsky’s paintings serve as a testament to the beauty found in this interplay, unveiling the profound depth and complexity of the human experience. Embracing this delicate balance allows us to embark on a journey of emotional exploration, where moments of joy intertwine harmoniously with contemplative obscurity. The exhibition becomes a reminder of the transformative power of experiencing the artworks on an emotional level, seeking harmony within our beings, and celebrating the interplay of light and darkness that lies within us. Ratowsky’s singular style, which invites us to feel within the works rather than merely cognitively identifying the subject matter, summons us to embrace our multifaceted nature, acknowledging that it is in the union of all our elements that we truly discover the fullness of our existence.
– Alexander DiJulio
August 25th – September 1st, 2023
Opening Reception – August 25th, 4-8pm
The Hedda Sterne Studio
212 Hog Creek Road, East Hampton, New York 11937
The exhibition will follow with private viewings from August 26th – September 1st please contact Alex DiJulio to confirm an appointment.
+1 610 757 8866
Alexander DiJulio Proudly Presents “Of Light And The Absence Of”: A Captivating New Exhibition by Grason Ratowsky set in the iconic Hedda Sterne Studio
Alexander DiJulio is proud to announce a solo exhibition featuring new paintings by artist Grason Ratowsky, set to debut at the iconic Hedda Sterne Studio in East Hampton, NY—an environment steeped in palpable artistic history. This legendary space, frequented by some of the 20th century’s most prominent art figures and luminaries, provides an evocative backdrop for the exhibition. Ratowsky’s works effortlessly blend with the studio’s ambiance, a respectful nod to the walls that silently observed the evolution of art history.
Embarking on this captivating journey, we delve into Grason Ratowsky’s singular artistic repertoire, building upon the successes of recent exhibitions in Korea and Spain, which have left an indelible mark on art enthusiasts. Ratowsky’s third exhibition this year signifies a return to his artistic origins in New York. Through his distinct artistic language, he invites viewers to explore the intricate tapestry of the human condition.
Ratowsky’s works now hold a steadfast place in esteemed global collections, underscoring his role as an artist of solid resonance. This exhibition not only highlights Ratowsky’s emergence as a rising luminary in the contemporary art scene but also pays homage to East Hampton’s enduring role as a hub of artistic inspiration and innovation. The collaboration between Ratowsky and DiJulio bridges past and present, reshaping artistic narratives within the cherished Hedda Sterne Studio—an embodiment of heritage and its enduring relevance.