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Emily Rapport // Painter of Urban Landscapes
“Still Open,” a new exhibition of ink paintings by Emily Rapport at Eat Paint Studio
“Still Open,” explores a familiar subject for Rapport – neighborhood scenes and portraits of a changing urban landscape. Her typically vibrant painting palette is restricted to monochromatic earth tones of black, grey, brown and sepia. 24 inky urban landscape paintings feature down-at-the-heel homes, corner stores, vacant lots, and construction sites from the near Northside neighborhoods…
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All work is 9×12″ or 11×14″ in a variety of inks from walnut and India Ink to sepia tones and gold, sometimes gouache makes an appearance. Work is on Yupo paper; a super smooth synthetic paper that allows ink to be washed off or rubbed away like charcoal resulting in inky, “Dickensian” landscapes (as a…
Inspired by the urban landscape of Chicago, I paint vacant lots, El tracks, neighborhood houses, fast food restaurants, and construction sites. Emily Rapport studied painting at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York, and received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2018, her…
Works on Paper
I started using watercolors in 2009. Initially, this move was driven by a commercial impulse to produce affordable work that I could make and sell more quickly. I was also between studio spaces and watercolors were more compact and less toxic (cats + oil primer = disaster). I began drawing from source material for many…
Cats have long figured in art. In Egypt, they were associated with the goddesses Isis and Ba’at, the jaguar in Mesoamerican culture is a spirit companion and has the ability to cross between worlds, lions in European heraldry traditionally symbolize bravery, valor, strength, and royalty (the king of beasts). All have strong associations with majesty…
Portraits & The Figure
My education as a painter is rooted in the figure so it is always something that I return to. Several of these portraits are commissions or people that I know. Others are based on photographs that I have found or taken.
In 2003 I was working on graduating from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, waiting tables, and beginning to show my art. Mike Miller, owner of Delilah’s, saw some of my bar scene paintings at a Wicker Park art festival called Around the Coyote (now defunct) and asked me to create a series of work based…