About Ren

Born in pre-Brexitannia, Luton, England, of both English and Irish heritage, ‘actively over-under achieving in procrastination‘ and fighting off ‘delusions of grandeur’ since 1975, Adrian Reynolds ‘Ren’ is a contemporary Artist/Designer based in Dublin, Ireland.

About - Art Background

From an early age Adrian has always been interested in the aesthetics and assembly of objects. Commencing with childhood doodling at Primary School, Art and Design at High School and an intensive Foundation Art Program at College. This provided him with a visual vocabulary in the materials, techniques, language, concepts and processes of making, using and thinking about art. All of which illustrates Adrian’s experience and dexterity in a vast range of traditional fine art skills.

About - Design Background

Adrian graduated from Wolverhampton University in 1996, completing a BA Hons in Three-Dimensional Design – Ceramics. This fantastic course introduced him to both Studio and Industrial Ceramic techniques ranging from: throwing, printing, mould making, slip casting, hand building, chemistry based glaze research and firing techniques. This was also accompanied by contextual studies of 20th Century Design.

Adrian has had his ceramic work exhibited at the prestigious Victoria & Albert Museum, London, under the pseudonym of ‘G.Laze’ aka Glaze.

About - Influences

Adrian cites non exhaustive influences from the likes of the Bauhaus movement, Salvador Dalí, Raymond Loewy, Tony Hart, John Hegley, Don Van Vilet, Ed Roth, Spike Milligan, and Grayson Perry.

About - Career

Subsequently, a period of uncertainty ensued, a lack of life experience and cash to enable further study at the Royal College of Art London, led to a misspent ‘premature mid-life crisis’ of ‘Art’ teacher training at Reading University. ‘1% of would-be teachers fail their training’; he didn’t fail, just gained a valuable experience of avoiding stress and illness, and has utmost respect for the vocational dedication required.

After making it to 1% of the 1%, a new opportunity arose and he commenced work in Artwork/Repro/Graphic Design roles for major multinational consumer goods companies, gaining expertise in most aspects of computer-based design. This included, but was not limited to Logos, Stationary, Packaging, preparing Artwork for Print and Photo retouching and manipulation, skills which Adrian retains to this day.

Adrian has lived and worked in multiple locations, including the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle, WA and considers travel the best form of education and learning.

About - Technique

He is currently exploring the techniques of acrylic pouring. This technique is characterised by the lack of control in the process and the challenge this poses.

In the modern world we strive to control everything and always try to maintain a grip on the situation.

Acrylic Fluid Painting allows you to let go of the wheel, and embrace the elements of luck, chance, trial and error, culminating in an output of sheer randomness. Even though this might be difficult and unfamiliar, it can enable you to create something amazing, unexpected and unique.

Although the medium is different, the technique is reminiscence of the Ceramic process and beautifully executed Crystalline glazes. This is a speciality glaze used by Ceramists, combining Zinc Oxide and Silica, which creates a visible and distinct crystal growth in the matrix of the fired glaze.

Through the use of a dynamic combination of materials, methods, concepts, and subjects that continue challenging boundaries, Adrian aims to maintain a fresh and irreverent approach to his work.

About - Exhibitions

  • NACHE Ceramic Contemporaries 2 – 1996, Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
  • Art in Clay Hatfield House, UK.
  • Between You and Me – August 2020 – June 2021, Contemporary Irish Arts Center Los Angeles (CIACLA)

About - Current Life

Naturally, life has many twists and turns and in complete contrast to his current ‘institutional tenure, typically surviving transitions of political leadership’, he now embarks on reigniting his creative output and setting an ‘Art’ example to his daughter. He lives in Dublin, Ireland with Dee and Piya the Greyhound.