Rory Coyne

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Solo Kill, 2015 Oil On Linen 60" X 48" © Rory Coyne
Beware, 2015 Oil On Linen 30" X 22" © Rory Coyne 2015
#Wifelife, 2014 Oil On Linen 48" 78" © Rory Coyne 2014
Embracing the North Winds, 2013 Oil On Linen 22" 28" © Rory Coyne 2013
Alter, 2013 Oil On Linen 24" X 20" © Rory Coyne 2013
Turning Seven, 2013 Oil On Linen 36" X 36" © Rory Coyne 2013
Glimmer Five, 2014 Oil On Linen 28" X 22" © Rory Coyne
Glimmer Four, 2014 Oil On Linen 28"X22" © Rory Coyne 2014
Glimmer Two, 2014 Oil On Linen 35" X 30" © Rory Coyne
Glimmer One, 2014 Oil On Linen 48" X 36" © Rory Coyne 2014
No Tucker Here, 2012 Oil On Linen 78" X 66" © Rory Coyne 2012
A Better Companion, 2012 Oil On Linen 78" X 42" © Rory Coyne 2012
Packer, 2012 Oil On Linen 78" X 42" © Rory Coyne 2012
From Prince to Agent, 2012 Oil On Linen 18.5" X 16" © Rory Coyne 2012
Have You Heard?, 2012 Oil On Linen 36" X 36" © Rory Coyne 2012
Hobbyhorse, 2012 Oil On Linen 62"X50" © Rory Coyne 2012
Solo Kill, 2015 Oil On Linen 60x48 Inches © Rory Coyne
Quick Facts
Groningen, The Netherlands, EU
Birth year
Lives in
Chicago, IL
Works in
Chicago, IL
myth, arts-education, magic realism, kitch, allegory painting, Portraiture surrealism, mythology realism, surrealism, traditional, figurative

Rory Coyne is a painter using personal as well as archetypal symbolism and mythology to reveal stories about contemporary relationships. He is a young master following in the steps of painters such as Mucha and Waterhouse. Coyne is one of the founders of Sidetracked Studio in Evanston, IL. He earned his MFA from the University of New Mexico in 2007 and is an occasional lecturer at various institutions such as the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Kennesaw State University, and others. His work can be found in exhibitions across the country with a focus in Chicago and New York City.


At its core my work is about relationships, specifically what we hide from others and suppress in ourselves. Often this attempt to occult our feelings or actions is unsuccessful and only works to further complicate our relationships. My paintings are psychological revelations layered in symbolism and mythology – the truth is there, but it might also be in the shape of a snake woman or a horse-headed man. Characters glamoured with animal heads and limbs reflect the myriad reactions and emotions of abandonment, disappointment, struggle, and independence that arise from experiences of love, sex, suicide, rape, various bankruptcies and other events with life-long and life-altering impacts.

Because of my deep respect for strong, powerful women and the camaraderie I have with them, they often feature as primary characters in my paintings. Tattooed figures elaborate on the model’s personal symbolism and give insight into the archetype embodied or myth portrayed.

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