Ryan Josey

Ryan Josey

Halifax
Ryan Josey is a Canadian artist from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He trained in Art History and Fine Art at NSCAD University (BA/BFA 2015), and in studio with Canadian artist, Brendan Fernandes in New York City. Drawing on LGBTQ experience, Ryan's images and larger installations explore ideas and issues about identity and belonging. Ryan currently maintains his art practice in Halifax, from where he also works as Studio Manager for Brendan Fernandes. In this role, he manages projects for Fernandes which take place in New York, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal and Europe.
Workshops and Activities 
As a PAINTS Artist there are a few things I would like to share with Nova Scotian students. One that might be especially valuable and interesting is answering the big questions of "what do artists do all day?" and "how do artists make money?" At 24, I am growing and managing my own art practice, and managing projects internationally for renowned Canadian artist, Brendan Fernandes. This day-job (so to speak) gives me a lot of valuable insight into the Canadian and New York art worlds, and has shared with me many examples of how you can work towards a career as an artist even from small-town Nova Scotia. Having been in high school not so long ago, I remember the pressures of "choosing a life path" and the lack of little information I had in the area that interested me most (visual art). It wasn't until after my university experience and through a great deal of mentorship, that I started to get a fairer picture of what life as an artist can actually look like. I'd like to share a little bit of that insight and some personal examples with students, through: - sharing my own projects and how I made them happen; - sharing the work that I do for Brendan and what his career looks like; - sharing the tools and strategies contemporary artists use to develop their careers; - and by connecting some of the dots between this, and what students are already learning in your classroom.
Contact this artist to start planning your project!
1 (902) 403-7378
Grade Levels 
7 – 9, 10 – 12
Areas of Expertise 
Digital Imaging, Drawing, Contemporary Art Practice, Art Criticism, Performance/Installation