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Eye Candy: Jon Rappleye

January 27, 2010

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.

Jon Rappleye’s work can be found at Richard Heller Gallery in Los Angeles, CA and the Jeff Bailey Gallery in New York, NY.

Addendum:  I failed to mention that Mr. Rappleye is also a gifted sculptor – you can find his ceramic china pieces at and it is worth checking out this post by designer John Bartlett , who has collected his sculpture!


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