Artist in Edmonton, Canada

 


I was born in Edmonton in 1975. Although I’ve travelled to many foreign destinations over the years, I continue to make Edmonton my home.


Since earning my Master of Fine Arts degree in 1999, the creation of sculpture has been my primary artistic focus.


This site documents images of much of the artwork I have made during my career, alongside my curriculum vitae, information on how to contact me and where to find my work, as well as links to my related professional projects.


Thanks for your interest.


“Ryan McCourt’s massive and yet elegant and lyrical metal sculpture is one of the strongest pieces in the show. Happily, there’s enough space in the Arts Barns to allow you to walk around it and appreciate the way McCourt’s bowls, orbs and circles emitting coils and rings of light and shadow seem to rest in effortlessly logical and confident balance.”

- Maureen Fenniak, Vue Weekly


“... Andrew French, Mark Bellows, and Ryan McCourt share a studio, giving them the double advantage of being removed from the student environment while retaining continued access to one another for stimulation and criticism. This does not amount to their charting a common course. If anything, the shared studio has confirmed them in separate directions: the hothouse atmosphere appears to have stimulated both invention and individuality. Their work seems to be getting closer to the source of their inspiration. French’s into the occupation of space by brute force, Bellows into a poetry of volume, McCourt into elegant profiles.”

-Terry Fenton, Harcourt Expressed


“His architectural works are literal references to everyday objects such as musical instruments, buildings, machines, and furniture, which are blended and abstracted, resulting in ambiguous, multi-referential works. His figurative works, on the other hand, refer to traditional sculpture from a variety of cultures. Some small-scaled works, for example, have been inspired by Hindu sculpture, which represent the elephant-headed Ganesha, he says.

McCourt’s larger works have taken the form of the head and shoulders bust, presenting figurative frontal features changing dramatically to abstraction when viewed from the rear.... These figurative works, often consisting of industrial parts that he scavenges, retain some of the character of their former industrial usage.

Yet at the same time, these industrial elements have been transformed into something uniquely human”

-Jeffrey Sterr, Work of Arts


“I love Ryan McCourt's sculptures. I happened upon them one day and was immediately charmed by their odd beauty and wit. In the middle of an otherwise bland city street, they are a shout of joy.”

-Donna McKinnon, Edmonton Journal