Join us on Sunday, November 7 at 7pm when Robert Ryan discusses his book, Deity, with Steven Byrne and Chad Koeplinger at our Clement St store!
Masks Required for Attendance
About the Event
Please join us to celebrate tattooist & visual artist Robert Ryan’s latest book Deity--a collection of paintings & texts that explore Indian religious teachings & iconography. Combining elements of traditional American tattoo style & classical South Asian devotional painting, Ryan forges dynamic images that are timeless & unique. In the text, he investigates the attributes, energies & histories of classical Hindu figures.
He will be joined by fellow travelers, tattooists & visual artists, Steve Byrne & Chad Koeplinger. They will be in town for their joint exhibition of paintings at the Analog Tattoo Arts Kolectiv Gallery. More info on the exhibition can be found here.
Our event happens in real time at the mothership Green Apple Books location at 506 Clement Street. Sunday, November 7 at 7 pm.
Deity explores Robert Ryan’s practice of deity painting. For Robert, it is a pursuit with dual intent; to evoke the spirit of the intended name of god coupled with deeply moving continual conversation with oneself with the deity serving as an embodiment of the divine that mirrors the spiritual path of the one who seeks, allowing an understanding of one’s own true self.
Drawn to the myriad of secrets, metaphors, allegories and emblems that reveal themselves as you breach the forms’ surface, Robert views deity painting as a dutiful and continual practice that recognizes the grace of the creative force and understanding that we are not the doers but are acting within the intersecting points of existence and our own material nature on the path of universal truth. Deity is an attempt to connect these aspects of consciousness through paintings and words.
Deity features over 130 book plate paintings on 308 pages with accompanying explanations, symbolic significant meanings and anecdotes written by Robert Ryan.