The Cooper Union
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.
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.