The Steel Butterfly, 1980

Lori Ryland
(Nationality not provided)

Location: Clark College, Vancouver


The Steel Butterfly is a photo-realistic painting by artist Lori Ryland. It is part of the artist's "Bridge of the Sky" series, inspired by the Fremont Bridge in Portland, Oregon. She notes, "Fremont symbolizes the striving of humanity against its own flesh-like vulnerability. It embodies our need to be immortal. With it we are reminded of our power, and in conquering our own size we can feel our strength. With it we are lifted up into the sky and are able to observe the smallness of the life below." A 1980 exhibition at Marylhurst University in Oregon featured this painting. The group exhibition focused on the work of seven northwest representational artists.

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Eatonville School District and Clark College.


Oregon-based artist Lori Ryland creates photo-realistic paintings and photographs of urban spaces. Many of her works focus on architectural and engineering elements, such as bridges.
Ryland received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. She runs an art studio and gallery in Sandy, Oregon.

Material CategoryPainting - paint on fabric
MediumAcrylic paint on canvas
Dimensions5 ft 10 in x 13 ft 6 in
ID NumberWSAC1982.049.000
Acquisition MethodDirect purchase
Artist LocationOregon, United States
Location Information
AgencyClark College
Artwork LocationClark College
Penguin Union Building (PUB), 2nd floor, above Gaiser Student Center
WA CountyClark
Site TypeCollege
Address1933 Fort Vancouver Way
Vancouver, WA 98663
Geo. Coordinates45.636159 | -122.651861
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