A figurative painter inspired by the urban landscape of Chicago, my work relates to American painters of the “Ashcan School” and between the wars (like George Bellows, Isobel Bishop, Charles Burchfield, Reginald Marsh).
I paint vacant lots, neighborhood houses, fast food restaurants and other urban scenes. These subjects have a strong sense of locality but they also belong in a larger American landscape and culture. My exploration of apparently ordinary or mundane subjects are also a search for deeper meaning, beauty, and resonance.
Emily Rapport grew up in Rochester, New York. She studied painting at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York (94-95), and received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2005). Emily’s work has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Amsterdam. She lives and works in Chicago. Her Ravenswood studio is open by appointment.
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