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Jon Rappleye

Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath–Force of Nature
Glyndor Gallery | June 7– September 7, 2015


Pictured above: Fractured Vision, 2015 , acrylic and spray paint on paper , 42 1/2" x 38". Courtesy of the artist


Jon Rappleye patterns thin washes of acrylic color into fine-lined figures inhabiting unnatural landscapes. These works, which take months or even years to create, draw on biological diagrams, high-tech machinery and biblical or classical mythology, as well as art-historical touchstones like the works of Altdorfer, Dalí and Audubon. At the center of each piece on view is a phantasmagoric figure, portrayed in a portrait format, made of decomposing fruit, branches, bones and snakes, and surrounded by a kaleidoscopic array of color and texture. This fragmentation suggests both decay and growth, as if a disastrous event has rent bodies but also rebuilt them. The paintings are homespun fairy tales for a world in which the organic and artificial are no longer separate.

Rappleye has had solo exhibitions at Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, NY; Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI; and many more galleries and museums. He has been collected by the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS; the Progressive Corporation, Mayfield Village, OH; and U.S. Art in Embassies. A former artist in residence at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, he has also completed residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH, and the Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA. He received a BFA from Utah State University, Logan, and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and has also studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME.

Pictured above: Before the Dawn, 2015, acrylic and spray paint on paper, 60" x 42 1/2" , courtesy of the artist

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The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.