When you see a painting by Ryan Heshka it’s like walking into a theater in the middle of a film — the movie has begun, but you’re just in time to watch the story get going. The work is immediately striking and immersive. Heshka’s world is vast in unknown fiction. His characters are recognizable from a distance; a sea creature, a vampire — an alien. You know them, but not this version.
His paintings depict the fun and whimsical side of science fiction and fantasy, the kind of fevered dream world of the pre-space era when the unknown inspired visions of heroes of super-strength and multi-dimensional suburban travel. Heshka’s work has been shown in galleries across North America and has appeared in Vanity Fair, Playboy, Wall Street Journal, Esquire, the New York Times, and Smart Money.
His scenes often depict an unknown struggle — supernatural and organic. A dissolving suburban landscape of upright citizens against a new danger. The women in Heshka’s paintings are a welcomed blend of both the sexual and the heroic, sometimes the monster — the destroyer of tiny men in anonymous space suits.