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Huston Ripley
updated: 07/31/2010
website: www.hustonripley.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Portfolio Keywords:  biomorphic, erotic, figurative, meditative, obsessive, organic, pattern, psychological, repetition, spiritual
 
 
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ink/japanese paper
2006
26" x  19" 
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ink/japanese paper
2006
26" x  19" 
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ink/japanese paper
2006
26" x  19" 
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ink/japanese paper
2006
26" x  19" 
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ink/japanese paper
2006
19" x  26" 
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ink/japanese paper
2006
13" x  9.5" 
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ink/japanese paper
2006
13" x  9.5" 
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ink/japanese paper
2005
19" x  26" 
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ink/japanese paper
2005
19" x  13" 
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ink/japanese paper
2005
19" x  13" 
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2009
26" x  19" 

Artist Statement
From many years of drawing and painting, I have developed a personal idiom depicting such things as fertility, growth, and death. The imagery suggests various iconographies and conveys the spirit or idea of transcendence. The process of creating these works has enabled me to express symbolically Eros, terror, peace, and other aspects of humanity by using universal shapes and structures found within the pantheon of the unconscious.

In recent years I have focused on drawing. I use a fine point pen and mending tissue, which is thin and translucent, but strong. For small drawings, I use one sheet folded. For larger ones, I stack and fold so that there are twelve or sixteen layers of tissue in each drawing. I draw on the top layer only, allowing the ink to bleed through to the layers below to produce an osmotic image. Because the paper is so thin, one is able to look through the top layers into the drawing itself.

Artist Bio / CV
Education
2000 Pratt Institute, MFA
1995 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and The University of Pennsylvania, BFA
Cum Laude
Selected Exhibitions
2007 This Place is Ours! Puts Recent Academy Acquisitions in Context, Curated by Robert Cozzolino,
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia
New Drawings, Feature, Inc., NYC
Drawn to the Edge, Adam Baumgold Gallery, NYC
2006 Metaphysics and the Virtual, Curated by Robert C. Morgan, Lab Gallery, NYC
MisCreated, curated by Tina Zlody, Clark University, Worcester, MA
Internal Guidance Systems, Curated by Colin Rhodes and Anne Marie Grgich,
Visionary Art Touring Exhibition, USA (Catalogue)
2005 Contemporary Erotic Drawing, Diverse Works, Houston, TX and The Aldrich
Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT (Catalogue)
Summer Selections 1, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Drawing For It 2, Spector Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Operation RAW, Ice Box Project Room, Philadelphia, PA
2004 Itsy Bitsy Spider, Feature Inc., NYC
Anatomically Correct, Curated by Koan-Jeff Baysa, 473 Broadway Gallery, NYC
Between the Lines, Projects Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2003 Innocence & Transgression, Curated by John Zorn, The Proposition, NYC
Fantastic & Visionary Art, Curated by Damian Michaels & Alan Sisley,
Orange Regional Gallery Touring Exhibition, Australia (Catalogue)
2002 Arts of the Ethnosphere, Cavin-Morris Gallery, NYC
2000 Monk Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Planet Thailand, Brooklyn, NY
1998 Pay Per It, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Collections
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
The Collection Art Visionary, Melbourne, Australia
Bibliography
Books:
2005 Koestenbaum, Wayne, Taylor, Sue, Contemporary Movements and Surveys:
Contemporary Erotic Drawing, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum.
Periodicals:
2006 Murphy, Eliza, Raw Reviews, Raw Vision Magazine, RV#56
2005 Glueck, Grace, Airborne Sex and Wicked Wallpaper: Sensual Samplings, The New York
Times, July 29
Genocchio, Benjamin, Erotic Goes Mainstream, The New York Times, May 8
2000 Blackburn, Meg, A Q+A with Artist Huston Ripley, www.freewilliamsburg.com, Oct.
Morgan, Robert C., Quick Take on Williamsburg, NY Arts Magazine, April, p.23