Ryan Rice is best known for his humorously themed ‘Pun Paintings’. The idea for this concept of the ‘pun paintings’ genre came about in college but can be traced back to his childhood. Growing up, Ryan had a strong interest in humorous publications such as MAD magazine and one of his favorite childhood books “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”. Due to the linguistic nature of the ‘Pun Paintings”, inspiration can come from anywhere from reading to everyday conversation. Visual Artists who are an inspiration to Ryan include but are not limited to: Salvador Dali, Henry Matisse, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Marcel Duchamp and Jasper Johns.
His original pieces are oil on canvas, stretched onto handcrafted stretcher bars. The painting begins after the concept and the sketch has been completed. The image is then sketched onto the canvas where a sepia toned underpainting is applied to layout the light to dark tones for the introduction of the colors.