Faison has developed a visual language that is at once deeply personal and yet universally accessible. This engaging and lyrical language, for all its imagistic idioms, moving rhetoric, and magical syntax, and vivid vocabulary, has served her as an artist whose paintings, while they are about many things, are also always about art itself, about what painting can be and do. . . Wit and irony inevitably inform her very serious vision of the world. There is an eloquence in the articulation of that vision, a sureness of purpose and an aesthetic confidence of a mature, accomplished, innovative, and prolific artist. —Lee Siegel, Author, Critic & Religion Professor Emeritus
Ries Faison is a multinational visual artist working within a revisionist historical narrative. Ries Faison works in a hybrid of the narrative, landscape and marine painting genres. An artist from diverse cultures, Ries Faison was born in New York, raised in Latin America, and moved to Hawaii at 13. In 2014 Ries Faison and her filmmaker partner relocated to an ancestral homeland in the Périgord Noir region of France.
My work is a form of literature, an obsessive dialectical narrative, where space exists but time does not, where flood is archetypal, personal, and psychological, and humor floats the umbrella of dysphoria from our threatening environmental doom.
I am told I did not speak until I was four. My step-father told me I needed to have the words to have the thoughts. I told him that was crazy as I think in images. He didn’t believe me.
Ries Faison is the recipient of individual fellowships in painting from both the Western States NEA and the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the Honolulu Art Museum Cox and Melusine Awards. Her work is in museum, public and major private collections including the Honolulu Art Museum, The Hawaii State Art Museum and the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco. Ries Faison has a Master of Fine Arts from Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles and a B.F.A. from University of Hawaii Manoa.