Pop art for Play at LAMAG


Pop Art at the Beach will be part of the massive Open Call show at Barndsall Art Park.

The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs’ Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery presents

Open Call 2016: Play  

August 14 to September 18, 2016

Opening Reception: Sunday, August 14, 2pm – 5pm

Candy wrappers clothe the bathers as they look, longingly, at their various objects of desire. 

Pop Art at the Beach is watercolor, ink, and candy wrappers on 140 lb paper, 42×42 inches, black wooden frame. 

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K. Ryan Henisey is a queer artist in Los Angeles. The art in his #ArtToEndViolence collection celebrates a passion for important and challenging social justice issues juxtaposed against a veneer of pop art. The superficiality of the genre draws attention to the violence perpetuated against communities marginalized by the dominant culture by forcing the viewer to confront what is meaningful. 

Ryan’s other works can be seen at the upcoming Open Show, Play, at LAMAG at Barnsdall on August 14 and later this fall in Oakland for a second installment of Viral: 25 Years from Rodney King. #ArtToEndViolence is on display at the residence gallery at Wilshire / Vermont through 2016 and Slumbering Sea and other select works are on loan to the Newhall Aquarium. 

http://kryanhenisey.com 

Mini Mermaids! Original Paintings on Etsy

The Mermaids are on Etsy. You can now order custom paintings from my shop.

Flip Mer

Each 5×5 watercolor painting is unique and they are only $25.

Mer Hearts.jpg Pink Mer The Starry Shore Boy Mer

A number of mermaids and a few friends (like Medusa) were snatched up at ALIVE!, an art and music festival where I live-painted and hosted a booth. They are just too cute and adorable to only create once, so I thought I’d do them made-to-order!

The mini-mer are delightful, offering happy smiles to anyone they pass. Gentle watercolor washes are used behind the simple illustrations. Full of color and light, these joyful paintings are sure to captivate any heart.

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Haiku & Photography

1,801.

Laundry and grading;

The Wooly Bear waits for years

Before sprouting wings.

~

1,802.

Still fortuitous

Green, summer reigns long in the

City of Angels.

Ocean

1,803.

I’m sorry isn’t

Enough in the land of the

Brave. Commuters rage.

~

1,804.

Dawn breaks, fracturing

Light across the cityscape;

An atlas of stars.

~

1,805.

The sky blushes where

City and light meet, rushing

With the coming rise.

~

1,806.

It blushes again,

Kissed by a cool evening breeze:

Mercurial sky.

~

1,807.

Thick with atmosphere,

Sky lays heavily upon

The city, changing weight.

~

1,808.

Revealed a moment,

The sky peeks through rolling clouds;

There’s bright light beyond.

~

1,809.

Leaves and soot, paper

Trash, and vagrants too – they line

The streets, just like you.

~

1,810.

The sky and the page

Are both empty before me,

Ready for change.

~

1,811.

DoseofSnark was right,

The use of ‘aerosol’ on

The Runway is stale.

~

1,812.

Reflections glamour,

Casting false sunrises in

The rearview mirror.

Ocean

1,813.

Beauty breaks on the

City skyline; from my lips

Falls ‘Hallelujah.’

~

1,814.

Dilapidated

Home-fronts line the street where kids

Toke on the porch steps.

~

1,815.

Like a cat, I’ll bounce

Back; besides, it’s easier when

You can sleep past dawn.

~

1,816.

Wounded pride is like

A bad haircut; wait three weeks

And it will grow back.

~

1,817.

A helicopter

Roars under pink and gray clouds;

Traffic starts to hum.

~

1,818.

Classroom stored in Mom’s

Attic. Retail interview

Today. Lunch right now.

~

1,819.

Evening TV and

Leftovers. This is what I

Do when home alone.

~

1,820.

Hummingbird alights

On a nearby tree, taking

Shelter from the rain.

~

1,821.

Here I go, doors wide,

Into the wild, where I can

Finally be me.

~

1,822.

Beyond these stuccoed

Walls are sky, stars, and boundless

Possibility.

Ocean

1,823.

Old constant friends, they

Shine an ancient light and guide

Those lost to the night.

~

1,824.

Rule number seven

Complete: Always clean the house

Before traveling.

~

1,825.

The pets don’t like bags;

Guilty sweetness cuddles in

Retaliation.

~

These haiku first appeared on Twitter. You can read my first 1,000 in Status Haiku, available from Amazon.com. Photographs are from the California Coast. 

Haiku & Photography

1,751.

Oh, Thank the Maker:

Home, out of traffic, Project

Runway DVRed.

~

1,752.

Saffron feathered clouds

Wave as summer sets and I’m

Happy beside you.

Monterey

1,753.

Bathed in golden light,

I mimic the sun, rising

In my own splendor.

~

1,754.

Belting out tunes, the

Windows down as I head home;

Oh, how sweet the change.

~

1,755.

Oh, it’s mighty sweet,

The fountain of your ReTweet –

Klout score in full fete.

~

1,756.

It felt like Christmas;

Boyfriend said, ‘The Challenge is

On tonight, Baby.’

~

1,757.

Orange wrapped wishes

Greet the day – happy return

On my day of birth.

~

1,758.

Refrigerator

Filled with Gluten Free treats makes

For guerrilla raids.

~

1,759.

Phone games run as I

Wait at wash. Laundry; early

Sunday morning chore.

~

1,760.

Like the changing light,

I’m pure possibility,

A glimpse of what might.

~

1,761.

It changes again,

Mercurial like me, yet

In the light I’m free.

~

1,762.

Ah, my weekend chill –

The couch, the runway, and me.

Traffic hums outside.

~

1,763.

Dawn ignites the glass,

Reflecting morning upon

The towers downtown.

Monterey
1,764.

Happy city block –

Fragrant airs, the traffic walks –

Summer flash in fall.

~

1,765.

City skyline comes

To life with the blush of dawn

And some twinkling lights.

~

1,766.

The wasp contemplates

Flowers while we have thoughts on

Post photography.

~

1,767.

Transitions take time;

Orange-tipped, September leaves

Wear a hint of Fall.

~

1,768.

Busy, the book calls

Out to me – the page and word

Say, ‘Oh, Set us free.”

~

1,769.

Quiet city streets

Greet my predawn ride to work;

Take that, commuting.

~

1,770.

Under the setting

Sun we celebrate our friends

On their wedding day.

~

1,771.

Day begins again,

Cool with Autumn’s chilly breath;

Like the leaves, I change.

~

1,772.

The city skyline

Whispers with light, ten-thousand

Possibilities.

Monterey

1,773.

The October Dance:

Scholars spin through schoolhouse doors

While birds migrate south.

~

1,774.

As farmer to crop,

Sister Fates to newborn soul,

Harvest time and live.

~

1,775.

Dawn chasing by bike;

The street lights click off as the

Day begins to spread.

~

These haiku first appeared on twitter in September and October of 2012. Images are from 2008 near Monterey. My first 1,000 haiku are collected in Status Haiku

Surfers, Venice Beach

Surfers, Venice Beach

A plein air watercolor from Venice Beach. It was a beautiful day to sit out and watch the surfers bobbing on the water. They reminded me of seals, gathered in the gentle waves. Occasionally, a large wave would crash and they’d burst forward to shore.

Surfers Detail

Surfers is watercolor and ink on paper, 9×12.

Surfers Detail

I’ve also opened an Etsy shop for my original pieces.  You can click through to see them listed.