Ryan Hewett at Unit London

‘Order’, an upcoming exhibition by South African painter Ryan Hewett at Unit London.

After two sell-out exhibitions at the renowned Soho gallery, Unit London is pleased to present Ryan Hewett’s latest collection of paintings. Using thick layers of paint, the South African artist is best known for his semi-abstract portraits of famous and infamous personalities. Throughout 2016, his body of work has been transformed from a process that can be described as “construction and destruction” towards a more considered style. Feel free and read more below the first image.

South African painter Ryan Hewett.
South African painter Ryan Hewett.

The Exhibition.

At Unit London you will see 23 pieces of his latest artworks. The paintings are mainly characterized by the striking combination of thick applied paint with hard lines and graded colors. His latest collection of paintings includes numerous self-portraits as well as representations of Samuel Beckett, Egon Schiele, Audrey Hepburn, Lucian Freud, Marcel Duchamp, and for the very first time, landscapes. ‘Order’ will be open to the public from September 30 – October 24, 2016. Read more about the artist below.

Ryan Hewett, self portraits, 2016
Ryan Hewett, self portraits created in 2016

The Artist.

The South African artist was born in 1979. Earlier in his career, Ryan Hewett was drawing mainly with pencil before working with oils. Over the years, he developed his distinctive style of highly expressive paintings. The artist skillfully combines figuration and abstraction, which is reminiscent to the work of Frank Auerbach, Lucian Freud, and other representatives of The London School. A selection of Hewett’s paintings can be found in numerous private collections around the globe, including South Africa, Dubai, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Zurich, London, and Riyadh.

Samuel, Phthalo (detail), Landscape #1 (detail) – all three paintings were created by South African artist Ryan Hewet in 2016.
Artworks from left to right: Samuel, Phthalo (detail view), Landscape #1 (detail view) – all three paintings were created by South African artist Ryan Hewett in 2016.

The Gallery.

Unit London was founded in 2013 by Joe Kennedy and Jonny Burt. The gallery is dedicated to represent a new generation of contemporary and progressive art. They showcase both emerging and established artists from all over the world.

Ryan Hewett - Titanium White Collar, 2016.
Ryan Hewett – Titanium White Collar, 2016.

Exhibition: Ryan Hewett: Order
Host: Unit London, 147 – 149 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1F 8WD
Private Opening View: Thursday, September 29, 18:30 – 21:30
Dates: September 30 – October 24, 2016

All images © by Ryan Hewett/Unit London