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 to a larger American landscape and culture.
In contrast to the multi-tasking, screen-oriented way we manage our day to day lives (but – maybe that’s just me), a painting invites the viewer to exist in a visceral, textured moment. It is linked to other paintings (past) and moments and experiences that may happen (future) but it’s also a self-contained thing (right now). Painting ordinary scenes is an active practice, an exploration of beauty and resonance in daily life.
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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