Cronin has filled three decades-worth of boards, suitcases, walls, and more with Rust-Oleum paint, the staple ingredient in his original and bold works of art.
Cronin has exhibited his work in galleries, museums, art fairs, and public (mostly legal) spaces across the USA. He’s completed several large scale murals at places like the Tuthilltown Spirits/Hudson Valley Whiskey and in Wynwood during Art Basel.
The Present work is included in , Kickin’ it Old School, a retrospective exhibit featuring a sampling of works created by Artist Ryan Cronin in the 1990’s. A prolific period for Cronin, the 90’s marked the emergence of what would become his signature style of creating bold, large-scale pieces using rustoleum paint on wood boards, giving his work their uncommon heft and trademark glossy finish. Part homage, part love story, this show was the brain-child of Melanie Cronin, Ryan’s wife and business partner. A chance encounter on social media with a long-time fan, inspired Melanie to gather some significant work from private collections and bring it back “home” for showcasing in the recently renovated gallery space. The crisp white walls, industrial concrete flooring, and museum-quality lighting breathe new life into these pieces as they hang alongside more recent work, creating a full-circle moment that speaks to Cronin’s evolution as an artist. On Saturday, December 4th, The Cronin Gallery celebrated the opening night of Kickin’ it Old School, with many collectors in attendance, including Brian Mahoney, Editor of the Chronogram, and Lee Anne Albritton. The couple loaned two of their pieces, “Telephone” and “Carp Bait” to the show and had this to share about owning a Cronin piece, “ “We’ve been collecting Ryan’s work since the late ’90s and his paintings are the focal point in multiple spaces in our home. We love his graphic, exuberant style that’s serious and fun all at once.” On loan from private collections, the show will run through early March. The CronArtUSA team was able to use this opportunity to document the pieces for the first time. Signed, limited edition prints are now available in the gallery and online.