On Saturday I took a trip to Yorkshire Sculpture Park with some of my friends to see an exhibition by artist Rob Ryan.
Rob Ryan is famous for his quirky and beautiful papercuts and having never seen any of his work in real life before, I was keen to check out the exhibition while it was in Yorkshire.
The sculpture park (which is just south of Wakefield) is well worth a visit on its own too. It covers a huge area and is filled with work by Henry Moore and has some gorgeous walks and views across the moors.
One of the things I love the most about Rob Ryan’s papercuts is the words he uses and the unique font he has developed in his work. Quite often when we read what was written in the papercuts, we couldn’t help but going ‘Aw’ as so many have really lovely sentiments.
The Rob Ryan: Listen to the World exhibition is upstairs in the main centre at YSP but I’ve got to admit it was a lot smaller than I thought it would be. Most of the papercuts are displayed in a long, thin corridor, which made it a bit tricky to look at them for any length of time as there was always someone trying to squeeze past!
There wasn’t quite s many papercuts as I had expected to see either, although I guess that’s because each one takes so long to do! Saying that, some of the works on display were screen prints rather than original papercuts and all were available to buy. Prices ranged from £120 for an unframed signed and numbered print to an eye-watering £20,400 for There is Only Time. Anyone want to buy me a present? Anyone?
My favourite original papercut on display was this one:
There were also some lovely things to buy in the shop afterwards. I bought a card which I think I might frame.
If you’re a Rob Ryan fan then this exhibition is worth a visit but I would advise you to try and team it with a nice day and a picnic so you can make the most of Yorkshire Sculpture Park while you’re there. There are quite a lot of sheep knocking around in case that kind of thing freaks you out, but they all seemed to keep themselves to themselves and didn’t appear to be on the hunt for quiche.
Are you a fan of Rob Ryan? If so then this exhibition is on until November 1 2015.
Lots of papercutting love,