Ethan Price currently works and resides in Lexington, Kentucky. His work implements a delicate handling of drawing, punctuated by various textured overlays to create a body of work that evokes mystery, decay, and the passage of time. There is an inherent blend of tension and tactile qualities with each piece. The subjects are often isolated in negative space, appearing halfway into a dream-like state, slowly fading out of focus with the edges of the form being chipped away or obscured. After graduating from a university program, his primary focus was design and commercial art, but now focuses primarily on personal work and exhibitions. Price often looks at found photography for inspiration. Each piece starts with a rough thumbnail. He’ll then has a photo shoot with a model and then work with various mediums to achieve gestural and tight mark making.

 

“Growing up in an incredibly rural town, I didn’t have many options for entertainment and distraction, so from early on I was always really drawn to imaginative and other-worldly ideas, and exploring that through various creative pursuits. I’ve always been interested in surrealist themes, dreams, ghost stories, and any kind of unexplainable ‘unknown’. Ultimately, I try to stay true to what I find interesting and respond to on a visceral level, so the reoccurring concept and theme typically ends up being dreamy, eerie, and phantasmal. As an extension of that motif, there’s usually some level of ambiguous narrative and anonymity in the work. I typically do have my own personal interpretation of every finished piece, but I find the often ambiguous nature of my work leaves room for the viewer to place themselves and their own experiences in to what I create.

 

“I always aim to pull from something deeper than just craft. As much as I love a beautifully executed piece of technical work, in this day and age, with a constant flood of imagery at our fingertips, I think it’s more important than ever to try and deliver something more than just another nice drawing. Inciting something deeper to the viewer, and making work that is personally meaningful are always the end goal.”