Revisiting Masonic Artist Bro. Ryan J. Flynn

By Worshipful Brother Frederic L. Milliken



Once Again we visit Masonic artist Brother Ryan Flynn but this time in person. You might remember my first article on Brother Flynn on Freemason Information, "The Multi Talented Masonic Graphic Artist Brother Ryan J. Flynn".  Greg Stewart followed that up with an in depth interview, Symbolism, Sacred Numerology and Mythology in Art with Artist and Freemason Ryan Flynn.
  We are back once again to see what is new with Brother Flynn. And the point is that there is always something new with this Masonic artist.  Here is one Brother who doesn’t rest on his laurels but sets off into new worlds to conquer.  The video pretty much tells the story so we will just add some highlights.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbp7szSYMx0


   First of all note that there is a definite Celtic and medieval influence to what Flynn is doing now. Much of that can be seen in Patents or Masonic Certificates, what we called in the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts a Masonic diploma.  Often Flynn will produce graphic documents using Giclee Printing, that is printing with pigment. It never fades. Then he will hand accent with gold or silver and sometimes copper. The effect is illuminated documents.

     


Take the Novem Rose. He has designed it to be stained glass in a shadow box. Flynn would like to also do a Master Mason tracing board in stained glass.
Then who but a great artistic mind would design the Regis Pattern Certificate with a small print border of the Regis Poem. How about mirror printing or reverse writing?

 
Flynn puts some mystery into his documents, some codes and symbols you have to look closely to find and decipher.  The three part Middle Chamber depiction of 1) The Pillars, 2) The Steps and 3) Geometry is writing done in pig pen cipher. The pillars will be accented with bronze and elsewhere gold and silver will be used as a highlight.
When you stop and analyze what Flynn is producing you have to admire the ingenuity, the majestic style, the novel methods and the sheer artistic quality of each piece.

Nobody that I know in the Masonic community is offering artwork that matches what Brother Ryan Flynn is turning out. You owe it to yourself to visit his website , http://www.ryanjflynn.com/ and take it all in.  And on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/RyanJFlynnArtist

 

                  

               

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