Eye Candy: Jon Rappleye
There was a time, not too long ago, when beauty was kind of a bad word to use when describing art. I have always loved beauty in art and tend to gravitate towards work which embraces it. Artist Jon Rappleye is not afraid of Beauty with a capital B – his paintings and drawings are unabashedly lush with it.
The first time I saw one of Jon Rappleye’s paintings I was blown away. As a matter of fact, what I saw was actually a tiny reproduction of one of his paintings and even so, it had a tremendous impact on me. Mr. Rappleye’s paintings and drawings consist of landscape and animal imagery combined with a simplified color palette evocative of the sky just before twilight. His drawn images nimbly sway between being realistic and heavily stylized with lovely, pale sky-scapes painted with such a sensitivity, they appear completely atmospheric. Complicated with metaphor, each piece is connected to the next by an intricate, shared symbolism and a unified color scheme. There is an ambiguity to his art that I find incredibly engrossing, each time I look at one of his paintings, I see a new layer of meaning and depth worth exploring - very much like a visual language that I haven’t learned to “speak” yet.
Addendum: I failed to mention that Mr. Rappleye is also a gifted sculptor – you can find his ceramic china pieces at www.gingerbirdstore.com and it is worth checking out this post by designer John Bartlett , who has collected his sculpture! http://johnbartlettny.blogspot.com/2010/01/winter-nesting.html