Ryan Jude Novelline is a Boston-based alchemist in search of the extraordinary. With a multidisciplinary approach, he believes art is a limitless language and focuses on its potential to both strengthen and unify. Working “novum in modum”, latin for “in a new way”, he strives to awaken the passion of the human spirit through artistic challenge and engagement.
Novelline was born and raised in Massachusetts. For him, drawing predated talking. Without formal artistic training, his art remained a hobby and creative outlet through grade school. After graduating from Lexington High, he earned his BFA in Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design. There, he explored painting, sculpture, typography, and fashion design and developed his keen interest in amalgamating disciplines. He also studied liberal arts and business at Brown University. During his undergrad, Novelline interned as a theme park designer for Walt Disney Imagineering and a gown designer for Diane Von Furstenberg. Sketching images of the women around the DVF atelier, including professional runway models, he even drew a portrait of Ms. Von Furstenberg on the company letterhead. She signed a copy and kept the original.
Novelline’s first garment was a cardigan reconstruction for GAP that was sold out of its 5th Ave flagship store in New York. Unable to take an elective apparel course until his junior year, he created his first dress, the Golden Book Gown, as the final project for the studio class. Tommy Hilfiger called the dress “amazing” at the critique. His second gown was shown at Harvard University’s annual fashion show, Eleganza. His undergraduate thesis collection, A Closer Look, was based on the Iroquois legend of the faceless corn husk doll and featured original prints now available through Spoonflower. Though he does not make traditional mood boards for his pieces, he compiles visual inspiration on his Pinterest page.
Today, Novelline’s work is featured online and in print all over the world. The Brazilian Publishing House, Editora Moderna is showcasing his work in “Art Project – Vol. 5″ an upcoming book scheduled for release in 2014 designed to introduce children to the world of contemporary art. He works for a select group of private clients and is currently creating his next piece and a limited run collection. News of upcoming projects will be first announced on his Facebook page.