ART(uncorked) is a monthly celebration of Columbia’s local art scene. Every third Thursday, SakiTumi hosts a selected local artist to showcase their work for the month. At each opening, there is a wine tasting and light hors d’oeuvres from 6–8pm!
Ryan McEwen was born in Savannah, Georgia in 1983 and still vividly remembers his first piece of art as a young child; a picture drawn of Indiana Jones. His art career officially began in 3rd grade when he sold his first drawing to a classmate for .25. With the support and encouragement of family and friends, Ryan continued to hone in on his craft all through grade school. Drawing eventually became an inherent necessity. In 8th grade, he attended a magnet art school where he began to understand a practice the basic techniques that would propel his abilities forward. It wasn’t long before he began painting. Working mostly with acrylic on canvas, his works evolved from gifts to commissions.
McEwen’s career has been influenced by a broad range of artists, movements and time periods. From the Realism and Decorative works from artists like William-Adolphe Bouguereau and Alphose Mucha to Surrealism and Cubism works from well-known artists such as Salvador Dali and MC Escher. Andy Warhol’s Pop Art movement and David Walker’s street art have also influenced his hand along the way. McEwen also finds the beauty in everyday objects and attempts to capture them, or tweak them to their ultimate aesthetic potential.
“Humbly, I feel like I do have something to offer the world. I never really feel like I’m competing with anyone or anyone’s art directly, except for myself. I’m always trying to top myself, with every new project.”
For more information on Art (uncorked), drop us an email.
A celebration of Local art.
Local business. And good wine.
Next event: June 15th 6-9pm
Free wine tasting and light apps from 6-9. Open to the public.
June's artist: Ryan McEwen
phone: 803.931.0700 | open daily at 5pm kitchen closes 10pm | bar open later
SakiTumi Grill & Sushi Bar | 807 Gervais St | Columbia SC 29201 | 803.931.0700