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Jeffrey Ripple

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Statement


Jeffrey Ripple paints exquisitely beautiful and complex still life and landscape compositions that deftly capture the evanescent beauty of nature. Ripple's compositions, usually in oil on paper, sometimes on canvas, range from ambitious orchestrations of quotidian elements, such as flowers, fruit, and glass bottles, to spare, solitary plants or objects. The artist often sets his elements against a golden-green-colored background with no specific plane or boundary to limit the image. This textured negative space, reminiscent not only of the influences of Chinese and Japanese art but also of the gold leaf backgrounds of medieval and early Renaissance religious painting, imbues the work with spiritual overtones. Playing mass against void, and light against shadow, Ripple stages his dramatic 'portraits' for maximum impact while retaining the essence of his subjects. This construct, says critic Nancy Grimes, generates the aura of intimacy and religious space present in Ripple's painting.1 In this way, Ripple's paintings, with their meticulously rendered and placed forms; intense palette and edge (made possible by the paper ground); unusual perspectives (the objects are often seen from above); and concentrated realism transcend traditional botanical illustration and move into the realm of the divine. Jeffrey Ripple received his master of fine arts degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1988. In addition to his better-known still lifes he is also an accomplished landscape and figure painter. His work is held in several public and private collections including the Exxon Corporation, Irving, TX; the Madison Art Center, Madison, WI; and the Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK.

EDUCATION 

1988

MFA from University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

1984

BFA from University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS  

2008

Hackett-Freedman Gallery,  San Francisco, CA (also '02, '00, '98)

1993

Jeffrey Ripple: Recent Paintings and Drawings, University Art Gallery, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

2010

Take Five, Hirschl and Adler Gallery, New York, NY

Summer Selections, Hirschl and Adler Gallery, New York, NY

Naked, Skotia Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2009

Summer Selections, Hirschl and Adler Gallery, New York, NY

On Paper, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, NY

When Animals Talk, Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

2007

Representation 2007, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2006

Artists and the Model: A Quarter Century with Pegi Taylor, Elaine Erickson Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

2001

Re-Presenting Representation V,  Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY

Re-Presenting Representation:  Contemporary Realist Art from Around the World, The Corning Gallery at Steuben, New York, NY

2000

A Noble Tradition Revisited, The Contemporary American Still Life, Spanierman Gallery, New York, NY

1998

Select Works: A Group Exhibition Featuring Emerging and Established Artists, Hackett-Freedman Gallery San Francisco, CA

1997

10th Anniversary Exhibition, Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1993

Faculty Exhibition, Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

1992

Drawn West: Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Logan, UT

American Realism, Parkersburg Art Center, Parkersburg, WV

National '92 Small Works Exhibition, Schoharie County Arts Council Gallery, Cobleskill, NY

1991

Fourth National Arkansas Biennial, The Arts and Sciences Center, Pine Bluff, AR

1990

About Painting, Paintings by Jeffrey Ripple, Barry Carleson and Phyllis McGibbon, Natasha Nicholson Works of Art Gallery, Madison, WI

Works, University of Wisconsin - Rock County, Janesville, WI

Wisconsin Triennial,  Madison Art Center, Madison, WI

1989

Drawings by Gallery Artists, Natasha Nicholson Works of Art Gallery, Madison, WI

Installations, Natasha Nicholson Works of Art Gallery, Madison, WI

1988

Continuum '88, Cudahy Gallery, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI

Invitational Drawing Exhibition, Furlong Gallery, University of Wisconsin – Stout, Menomonie, WI

1987

Wisconsin Triennial, Madison Art Center, Madison, WI

30th North Dakota Print and Drawing Annual, North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND

1986

16th National Works on Paper Exhibition, Minot State College, Minot, ND

 

AWARDS

1992

Painting Award, Parkersburg Art Center

1991

Juror's Award, Fourth National Arkansas Biennial

1990

Development Grant, Wisconsin Arts Board

1984

Knapp Fellowship, University of Wisconsin – Madison

 

COLLECTIONS

St. Louis University, St Louis MO

Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK

Exxon Corporation, Irving, TX

Madison Art Center, Madison, WI

Rayovac Corporation, Madison, WI

South Bend Art Center, South Bend, IN

Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY 

2008

Gail Leggio, “The Fruitful Ground of Jeffrey Ripple,” Jeffrey Ripple: New Paintings, Hackett Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

“Nature's Cycles,” American Art Collector, pp. 128-131.

2007

Cooper, James F., “Contemporary Realism: The View From San Francisco,” American Arts Quarterly, Newington-Cropsey Cultural Studies Center, New York, NY, Fall, pp. 2-9.

2006

“Two Opportunities to see 8th Annual Realism Invitational Coast to Coast,” American Art Collector, p. 124.

O'Hern, John, “Collecting Still Life Paintings,” American Art Collector, pp. 43, 45.

2002

Jeffrey Ripple: Still Life Paintings, Hackett- Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2000

Nancy Grimes, “Jeffrey Ripple,” Jeffrey Ripple: Recent Paintings, Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

1999

“New Directions in Realism,” Southwest Art, San Francisco, CA, December, pp. 52-59,

129 (reproduction).

1997

Hackett-Freedman Gallery, 1987-1997, Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CA (catalog with color reproduction).

1990

Wisconsin Triennial, Madison Art Center, Madison, WI.

1989

Rogers, Katherine, “Sexism and the Human Figure: Body of Art Reflects Attitude of the Times,” Wisconsin State Journal, September 17.

1987

Wisconsin Triennial, Madison Art Center, Madison, WI.

 

TEACHING & GUEST LECTURES 

2010

Visiting Artist, Art Insights Program, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah

1998

Lecturer, Ashland University, Ashland, OH

1992-94

Adjunct Instructor, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

1988, 1990

Lecturer, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

1986-88

Instructor, Outreach Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

Recent Exhibits

Jeffrey Ripple participated in these exhibits:

Jul, 2011 DECADENCE
EVOKE Contemporary
 
Jul, 2008 Jeffrey Ripple: Recent Paintings
Hackett | Mill
 
Exhibited with these artists
Exhibited at these venues
Jeffrey Ripple has Exhibited at these venues:

EVOKE Contemporary Hackett | Mill
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