Ryan S. Brown
Ryan S. Brown was born and raised
in Salt Lake City, Utah.
By the time he was a senior in
high school Ryan had decided to pursue art as a profession. This
pursuit led him to Brigham Young University where he studied
Illustration, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2002.
While finishing his studies at BYU, Ryan became aware of the
deficiencies in his University education. Because his interests
were in the academic and naturalist traditions of the nineteenth
century, it became necessary for him to get the foundational
drawing and painting training not offered at the university.
In his senior year at BYU, Ryan began studying with William Whitaker,
a renowned portrait and figurative painter.
Soon after this, Ryan entered the Florence Academy of Art, where
he received his first taste of Academic training. The organized,
intense and concise training of the Florence Academy provided
Ryan with what he considers the beginning of his understanding
of the craft of art.
This training not only gave Ryan a deep understanding and love
of drawing, but also developed in him a strong self-discipline
and work ethic, as well as an insatiable appetite for learning.
In 2003 Ryan returned home to Utah. Upon his return, Ryan began
producing work for galleries. Ryan also began teaching academic
principles at BYU, teaching figure drawing, observational and
spatial drawing and cast drawing. Ryan also opened his studio
to students, establishing the Classical Drawing Academy in Springville,
During the three years this Academy was available to students,
Ryan saw more than 80 students come through his studio to experience
this training. Ryan also taught part-time at Utah Valley State
College. Ryan was able to teach and pass on these academic principles
until the end of 2006.
Ryan also taught at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
sporadically between 2004 and 2006, culminating in an academic
drawing workshop given in 2006. An article in American Artist
Workshop Magazine in the Winter 2006 issue covered this workshop.
In January, 2007 Ryan, his wife and three kids moved back to
Florence in order to finish his studies at the Florence