September 21, 2023


How Art Works

Featured Artist Wayne Anthony Rice

3 min read

Benefit from the mesmerizing portfolio of photographer Wayne Anthony Rice, who shares a set of works from his Synthetic Actuality sequence. Discover extra by visiting his website.


Artificial Reality art

“Synthetic Actuality O” Acrylic Reverse Print on UV Acrylic Panel, 16″ x 24″


Ice crystals kind on the floor of a automobile windshield on a frigid winter morning. I look carefully and see an entire world in that ice. Cracks and shards of white and funky blue stream one into the opposite. Reflections dance throughout a division retailer window full of gentle, shadow and translucent shade.


Digital print of artificial reality series

“Synthetic Actuality OR” Acrylic Reverse Print on UV Acrylic Panel, 16″ x 24″


Whether or not I’m climbing into my automobile or strolling down a metropolis road, my eye is inevitably drawn to the summary. By way of the lens and body of my digicam, they develop into visible journeys. It’s my ardour and possibly obsession.


Print from artificial reality series

“Synthetic Actuality AQ” Acrylic Reverse Print on UV Acrylic Panel, 16″ x 24″


I suppose I’ve all the time been drawn to the summary. I used to spend hours in my grandfather’s jewellery store watching him create his lovely jewellery. Jewelers wax was a plaything for me once I was a boy. “Do you might have an image of it in your thoughts?” grandpa requested. “Sure,” I replied.  “Good. Now, slowly and punctiliously carve it into the wax,” he stated with a smile.


abstract print from Artificial Reality series

“Synthetic Actuality Y-2″ Acrylic Reverse Print on UV Acrylic Panel, 24″ x 36”


What I noticed in my thoughts have been edges, angles, shapes and features and I carved them into the wax. I didn’t actually perceive what I used to be doing. My grandfather by no means judged. He simply smiled, nodded approvingly and turned again to his work.


Surreal abstract photography

“Synthetic Actuality BG-3″ Acrylic Reverse Print on UV Acrylic Panel, 16″ x 24”


My first formal expertise with summary artwork was by my father, who was a metallic sculptor. He had been commissioned to construct a big wall sculpture out of metal. I watched each step of him constructing it, and to this present day it’s nonetheless one of the vital memorable and impactful experiences of my inventive life.


Surreal abstract photography

“Synthetic Actuality B” Acrylic Reverse Print on UV Acrylic Panel, 16″ x 24″


Straight vertical strains flowed into natural and highly effective horizontal shapes washed in a blue-red patina on the metal. It was what a peal of thunder would possibly appear like and it mesmerized me. It was a tremendous and mysterious discovery.


Abstract photography diptych

“Synthetic Actuality O-2″ Diptych, Acrylic Reverse Print on UV Acrylic Panel, 8″ x 12”


I’m nonetheless chasing that thriller, that discovery. I even search it out in issues which have develop into commonplace, just like the liquid crystal shows of computer systems, tablets, telephones, and televisions.


surreal abstract photography

“Synthetic Actuality NL” Acrylic Reverse Print on UV Acrylic Panel, 16″ x 24″


Through the pandemic, I started delving into my experiences and relationship to media expertise. I discovered these screens to be home windows right into a surreal and charming model of actuality. Time is manipulated, typically fact is manipulated and with leisure, actual moments in time are abstracted to weave tales. Whether or not a digital assembly, social media, a film or newscast, I couldn’t assist however goal my digicam at these screens and start exploring.


abstract fine art photography artificial reality series

“Synthetic Actuality BC” Acrylic Reverse Print on UV Acrylic Panel, 16″ x 24″


By way of shade, depth, shadow and lightweight the compositions communicate subtly of surroundings, a mysterious place but found. With the Synthetic Actuality sequence, I search to take you on a visible journey into the summary, a journey I’ve been on since I used to be a boy carving jewelers wax in my grandfather’s workshop.


Wayne Anthony Rice invitations you to observe him on Facebook and Instagram.



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