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Emily Rapport

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New York, NY

Lives in
Chicago, IL

Works in
Oil Painting/Watercolor


The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2004, BFA
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, 1995, n/a

figurative, landscape, realism, cityscape, street scenes, oil painting, watercolor, chicago, Urban Landscapes

About Emily Rapport

Artist Statement

I depict scenes of daily life that reflect a distinctly American experience: El tracks, store windows, fast food drive-thrus, houses and people. Painting is an active mediation on the symbols and experiences that connect us.

My work is representational, but the "feel" of the thing is more important to me than trying to create an exacting drawing. My technique is to work quickly, I prefer wet-on-wet painting, and to try not to become too precious about anything. I enjoy working with the details of rust, wet streets, graffiti - broken down things have character. These cultural landmarks are proof of use and history. I am looking for something that tells a larger story and to imbue these mundane scenes with an element of the sublime.

Artist Bio

A perceptual painter based in Chicago, Emily Rapport is originally from upstate New York. She studied painting at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York from 1994 - 1995 and received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005.

Ms. Rapport has exhibited in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Amsterdam and her work is held in private collections accross the U.S. and Europe. She is a 2015 recipient of the IAP Grant for professional development awarded by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. She lives and works in Chicago.


Recent Exhibits

Emily Rapport participated in these exhibits:

May, 2015 Ravenswood Open Studio
Buffalo Hunters Studio
Nov, 2014 Painting Delilah's
Apr, 2014 The Labletter Release Party
Beauty and Brawn Art Gallery and Think Space
Nov, 2013 Cornelia Arts Building November Open Studios, Nov 22 and 23
Cornelia Arts Building
Sep, 2013 Ravenswood Open Studio
Buffalo Hunters
Mar, 2012 Cornelia Arts Building March Open House & Spring Exhibition
Cornelia Arts Building
Click here to see all exhibits for Emily Rapport

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