An abstract view on the female body by Ryan Hewett

Discover the South African artist's sensuous new series.

Playful and geometric, Ryan Hewett’s latest series is a departure from his previous works in portraiture. Experimenting with the human form, New Paintings sees the Cape Town artist offer a new perspective on anatomy that’s part Cubist, part digital age deconstructionist.

Known for creating complex portraits full of emotion, Ryan has turned his attention to the the female body, pairing sensuous curves with sharp angles and geometric shapes to provoke questions around our inner lives.

Favouring the abstract, the artist has always relied on memory and a free-flowing approach in his creative process. Evolving from his early pencil drawings to the more nuanced and richly crafted multimedia pieces which he produces today, Ryan draws on street art and spirituality as much as he traditional techniques. In his carefully layered colour palette and bold use of shapes, there’s a newfound joy and a freedom to be found.

Take a closer look at the New Paintings series below which is currently on display at Unit London and find out more about Ryan Hewett’s work on his website.


10 July 2019