Bud Ries is a painter and printer who lives in Knoxville, TN. He earned a BA in printmaking at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA in 2009 and has continued his education since 2017 as both student and faculty at the School of the Alternative in Black Mountain, NC. Since 2015 he has painted and made signs professionally in East Tennessee working in scale from stickers and banners to brick walls and building faces.
His current artistic practice focuses on signs, typography, and collages. Inspired by his time in Black Mountain, he has lately been interested in non-hierarchical education systems, popular education, and organizing skill shares and workshops in his community.
“These are a few paintings in a series I made of sights and signs from around Knoxville, TN (plus one of my own hand painted signs). I am attracted to the directness of signs in the public sphere and enjoy playing with the implicit authority they are given on sight. As a sign painter I feel I have a special power to shape the appearance of my surroundings and a responsibility to do it with intention and sometimes in opposition to the visual landscape of advertisements and gentrification capitalism tries to make us accustomed to.”