Wrestling Is Art: Ryan Leary’s Chalk And Charcoal WWE Portraits Are Pretty Great

12.13.13 4 years ago 13 Comments

Ryan Leary wrestling art

Occasionally we get to share the intersection between pro wrestling and fine art, which I know must seem like the intersection of the garbage can and filet mignon, but work with me here.

Pro wrestling is such a ridiculous thing that it lends itself well to artistic interpretation. Wrestler faces alone are often fascinating … who are these people, why are they doing what they do, and why do they look like that? That’s one of the questions asked by these awesome pieces by Ryan Leary that go up tonight as part of the Northampton’s Art’s Night Out in Northampton, Massachusetts.

More info about the artist:

Graduate of Holyoke Community College and Westfield State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. His focus remained primarily in drawing and painting techniques. He believes that it was his experience with clay and pottery that had the greatest impact on his sense and understanding of form and rhythm. This is the first time that Ryan has found success with a full, concise body of work, and he is beyond excited for the chance to put it on display. Here, he will feature a series of chalk & charcoal portraiture of past and present professional wrestlers.

I’d copy and paste in the entire Facebook event intro, but he namedrops me in it and I don’t wanna seem like I’m playing favorites*.

*I’m totally playing favorites. Check out a few of my favorites from his collection, and hey, if you live in the area, go check out the entire gallery in person.







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