The Inborn Absolute


The Artwork of Robert Ryan

The Inborn Absolute

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Coming in at just under 160 pages, this 10.75"”x12.25” cloth hardcover contains over 70 pages of full-color paintings by Robert Ryan; 30 pages pulled from his sketchbooks; and essays and interviews with art and music luminaries Genesis P Orridge, Freddy Corbin, and Andrew Berardini—all discussing the esoteric origins and subject matter of Ryan’s incomparable body of work.

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With early roots as a musician and painter, Robert Ryan's work reveals a deep mastery of the American tattooing tradition while creating a mystical and fantastic world full of unique takes on Eastern religious iconography.

We guarantee this book will be a required text for future subculture indoctrination, so get there first! Your tattoo shop, yoga studio, head shop, dorm room, loft, and bachelor pad are now suddenly all at once rendered incomplete without this in your possession!

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Size: 12.25"x10.75"

Pages: 153

ISBN: 9781943888009 

Publication date: August 9, 2016


Praise for The Inborn Absolute

In his pictures, written on paper and skin, Ryan gathers the traditions drawn from a thousand sailors’ visions of Eastern temples and steeped in the practice of a thousand tattooers before him, from all of us searchers’ quest for meaning across a continent. From beneath the surface of America, from beneath the surface of reality, Ryan mines mystic possibility and gives these traditions new life and new power.
— Andrew Berardini
The Inborn Absolute is a window, an adventure, into Robert’s life that would otherwise take years of knowing one to experience.
— Freddy Corbin
The visionary art of Robert Ryan has the sincerity, urgency, and directness of great folk art. His inherent humility allows him to act as a conduit for images that convey the power of the unseen world directly and clearly, without resort to pretension or artifice that would dilute the authenticity of their spiritual source. Something real is happening here.
— Scott Harrison

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About the artist

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Robert Ryan lives in Asbury Park, New Jersey, where he has been painting and tattooing for twenty years. Ryan’s work has been featured in many galleries, schools, and publications worldwide. As a musician, he has released albums with the bands Lord Sterling, Out Like Lambs, and Harmonize Most High, as well as his solo effort American Cloud Songs.

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