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Mighty to Save
June 4, 2021
AANM is proud to present, Mighty to Save a solo exhibition by Ryan Dyck
Mighty to Save is a series of portraits exploring the hero as subject. The body of work explores themes of power and rescue. Six Marvel superheroes including Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Captain America portray action, strength and presence. Superheroes are known to save the day. But none compare to the ultimate and original hero and Saviour, Jesus Christ. He saves lives and souls now and into the afterlife through His sacrifice on the cross. Jesus can perform miracles that surpass the abilities of heroes, real or imagined. This juxtaposition is further accentuated by canvas size. For this series, the bigger the size, the bigger the hero.
Ryan Dyck Bio
As a quiet force for good in self-expression and breaking down stigma, Ryan Dyck will win you over with his unabashed honesty – drawing you in with his story and his art. Ryan is an inspiration to those who struggle with mental illness, having learned to say “Yes” to supporting himself and his passion for drawing and painting. His unique sense of humour is just one of the tools in his tool box that he uses to reach out to his community- cutting a swath of healing that opens up opportunities for us all. Ryan was exposed to art at a young age of 4. He received education in art throughout Middle School at John W. Gunn Middle School and continued his art studies in High School at Transcona Collegiate Institute. His first passion in art was drawing. He then picked up painting with acrylics in grade 11 and improved upon that art form from there on. After graduating from high school, Ryan took in a few attempts of Fine Art studies at the University of Manitoba, only to figure out that University was not the route for him. In 2011, Ryan was fortunate to be involved in an artist-in-residency program known as Artbeat Studio, a not-for-profit organization that promotes recovery in mental health through the production of art in a secure art studio. From then on, Ryan has been involved in multiple art exhibitions and continues to work on his art to this day.