by Chi Birmingham in New Illustration on Monday 2 April 2012

‘Artist’ and ‘illustrator’ are two terms that are sometimes seen as contadictory, but in his work, Ryan Hartley marries the two effortlessly. Motivated as much by his engagement with social justice as by his passion for drawing, Hartley’s projects tackle political issues of the moment in a way that always feels heartfelt and lived in. For his piece, Media at the Crossroads, Hartley investigated differences of ideology and perspective at the US/Mexico border and produced a body of drawings that underscore the human element behind the headlines.