HUSTON RIPLEY

Born   1961, Morristown, NJ
Lives   New Hope, PA

Education

2000   Pratt Institute, MFA
1995   University of Pennsylvania, BFA, Cum Laude
1988   Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Certificate

Selected One and Two-Person Exhibitions

2011   Drawings, Adam Baumgold Gallery, NYC
2007   New Drawings, Feature Inc., NYC
           Drawn Out and Shot, with Kit Brown, Projects Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2006   Metaphysics and the Virtual, with Joseph Nechvatal, curated by Robert C. 
           Morgan, Lab Gallery, NYC
2000   Tissue Drawings, Monk Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
           Paintings, Planet Thailand, Brooklyn, NY
1997   Paintings and Napkin Drawings, New Arts Salon, Philadelphia, PA
1990   Paintings, Gallery Axiom, Philadelphia, PA
1989   Huston Ripley: Recent Work, Gallery 3601, University of Pennsylvania
1988   Bodylines, Studio Diaboliques, Philadelphia, PA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017   Latent Content Analysis, curated by Jason Patrick Voegele, The Lodge Gallery, NYC  
           Sleeping on the Skin of a Nightmare: A Group Show of Post-Magic Modern
           Mystery, curated by Aurel Schmidt, Romeo Gallery, NYC
2016   Maverick, Cavin-Morris Gallery, NYC
           Luxembourg Art Week, Galerie Toxic, Luxembourg
2015   HEADSTRONG, Adam Baumgold Gallery, NYC
           In Missa Interfectionis, Verum, Stephen Romano Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (catalog)
           Abundantia Cornu Copiae, Stephen Romano Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
           Heaven and Hell, Galerie Toxic, Luxembourg
           Metro Show, Stephen Romano Gallery, NYC
           DDESSIN, Galerie Polysémie, Paris
2014   1st 20 Yrs., Selections, Adam Baumgold Gallery, NYC
           Galerie Polysémie et Nadine Servant Preséntent, Galerie B&B, Paris
           KIAF/14: The 13th Korea International Art Fair, Galerie Toxic, Seoul
           OFF: Contemporary Art Fair, Galerie Polysémie, Brussels
           DDESSIN, Galerie Polysémie, Paris
           art KARLSRUHE, Galerie Polysémie, Reinstellen, Germany
2013   Art on Paper, Galerie Polysémie, Brussels
           Exposition d’oeuvres sur papier & autres, Galerie Quai Est, commissariat Jean
           Michel Marchais, Ivry sur Seine, France
2012   Face to Face, Adam Baumgold Gallery, NYC
           Fiction/Nonfiction, Adam Baumgold Gallery, NYC
           Salon International de l’Estampe et du Dessin au Grand Palais à Paris, Galleria
           del Leone, Paris
           La Salon du Dessin Contempoain, Galerie Charlotte Norberg, Paris
2011   Espaces de destin - Espèces de dessins, curated by Al Martin, Le 19, Centre
           Règional d’art contemporain de Montbéliard, Montbéliard, France (catalog)
           Résumé 2, Trafic Galerie, Paris
           Drawn, Adam Baumgold Gallery, NYC
           Résumé, Trafic Galerie, Paris
           Exposition Collectif, Trafic Galerie, Paris
2010   Same:Difference, curated by Julien Robson and Robert Cozzolino, Annenberg
           Gallery, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
           Voilà L’été, Trafic Galerie, Paris
           Art on Paper, Trafic Galerie, Brussels
2009   About Face, Adam Baumgold Gallery, NYC
           Punctum Pistorum - Kit Brown and Collaborations, Trafic Galerie, Paris
2008   Sexy Time: A Group Effort, Morgan Lehman Gallery, NYC
           Surreal Naivete, curated by L. Mario Prian and Bunsie Vasvani, M.Y. Art
           Prospects, NYC (catalog)
           Salon du Dessin, Trafic Galerie, Paris
           Le Salon du Dessin Contemporain, Andrew Edlin Gallery, Paris
           Red Dot, Adam Baumgold Gallery, NYC
           Spot Check: Academy Contemporary, curated by Robert Cozzolino, Morris
           Gallery, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
           Paper, Projects Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2007   Drawn to the Edge, Adam Baumgold Gallery, NYC
           Block Party II, An Exhibition of Drawings, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
           This Place is Ours! Puts Recent Academy Acquisitions in Context, curated by
           Robert Cozzolino, Fisher Brooks Gallery, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
           Bridge Art Fair, Projects Gallery, Chicago
2006   MisCreated, with Paul Laffoley, Nina Fletcher and Howard Johnson, curated by
           Tina Zlody, Clark University, Worcester, MA
           Internal Guidance Systems, curated by Colin Rhodes and Anne Marie Grgich,
           Visionary Art Touring Exhibition, USA
           Bridge Art Fair, Projects Gallery, Miami
2005   Contemporary Erotic Drawing, curated by Harry Philbrick, Sara Kellner and
           Stuart Horodner, Diverse Works, Houston, TX and The Aldrich Contemporary Art
           Museum, Ridgefield, CT (catalog)
           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 and Visionary Art, curated by Damian Michaels and Alan Sisley,
           Orange Regional Gallery Touring Exhibition, Australia (catalog)
2002   Art of the Ethnosphere, Cavin-Morris Gallery, NYC
1998   Pay Per It, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
1996   Off the Wall: A Mural Project, with Akinsheye Brown, Juan Gomez and
           Rafael Tiberino, curated by Lisa Panzera, Levy Gallery, 
           Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA
1995   Sextasy Ball, Advanced Alternative Media, NYC
           The Love Show, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1994   Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1993   Studio Diaboliques, Philadelphia, PA
1992   Gallery Nadeau, Philadelphia, PA
           Art at the Armory, Philadelphia, PA
1989   Art Around the Edges, Port of History Museum, Philadelphia, PA
1986   New Market Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1985   Micro Max, Now Gallery, NYC

Collections

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
The Collection Art Visionary, Melbourne, Australia
Numerous private international collections

Bibliography

Books

2007   Untitled publication, no.1 (spring), Feature, Inc., NYC (reproductions)
2005   Koestenbaum, Wayne and Taylor, Sue, Contemporary Movements and Surveys:
            Contemporary Erotic Drawing, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
            (reproductions)

Periodicals

2015   Anne and Julien, Huston Ripley, (Interview), HEY! Modern Art & Pop Culture,
           #21 (reproductions)
2011   Johnson, Ken, Huston Ripley: Drawings, Art in Review, The New York Times,
           Sept.16, p. C29
           Houhoulis, Owen, Huston Ripley, According to What: Notes on Art, Design and      
           Asia, Oct. 8 (reproductions)
2009   Monnin, Françoise, Les enluminés illuminés de Huston Ripley, Artension, #48   
           (reproductions)
           Girardot, N.J., Raw Reviews, Raw Vision Magazine, RV#65
2008   Weiss, Harold, Hello Kali: Huston Ripley’s Drawings, NY Arts Magazine, Vol. 13
           No. 7/8 (reproduction)
2007   Jesse Bransford/Huston Ripley/Dick Blair, Goings on About Town, The New
           Yorker, July 2, p.13
           Fallon, Roberta, PAFA’s Got a Brand New Bag: The Academy lifts itself into the
           20th century, Philadelphia Weekly, August 8
2006   Murphy, Eliza, Raw Reviews, Raw Vision Magazine, RV#56 (reproduction)
           Mowry, Betsy, Outsider Art, Pulse of the Twin Cities, October 12
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, 
           October
           Morgan, Robert C., Quick Take on Williamsburg, NY Arts Magazine, April, p.23
1997   Mangravite, Andrew, Believe It or Not, Philadelphia Forum, Feb. 27, p.7  
           (reproductions)
1996   Deifor, David E., Huston Ripley, Featured Artist, X Connect, no. 5, October
           (reproductions)
1995   Polak, Maralyn, Puns Batted In, Philadelphia Inquirer, Sunday Magazine, June
           11, p.7 (reproduction)

Awards and Honors

1998   Nineteenth Annual Symposium, Changing Values in Art: Public and Private, 
           Pratt Institute, Juror: Robert Storr
1994   Merion Art & Repro Award, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 97th Annual
           Fellowship Exhibition, Jurors: Gregory Gillespie and Jack Cowart
1988   Mary Butler Memorial Award, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 91st
           Annual Fellowship Exhibition, Juror: Rafael Ferrer
           
Artist Talks

2017   Latent Content Analysis, Panel Discussion, The Lodge Gallery, NYC
2006   MisCreated, with Paul Laffoley, Nina Fletcher and Howard Johnson, curated by
           Tina Zlody, Clark University, Worcester, MA
1998   Nineteenth Annual Symposium, Changing Values in Art: Public and Private, 
           Pratt Institute
1996   Off the Wall: A Mural Project, with Akinsheye Brown, Juan Gomez and
           Rafael Tiberino, curated by Lisa Panzera, Levy Gallery, Moore College of Art and
           Design, Philadelphia, PA

Murals

2017   Interior Wall Mural, The Lodge Gallery, NYC
           Interior Wall Mural, Side Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2016   Exterior Wall Mural, The El Bar, N. Front St. and Master St., Philadelphia, PA
2015   Courtyard Mural, The El Bar, N. Front St. and Master St., Philadelphia, PA
1997   Interior Wall Mural, Upstairs at Nick’s, 2nd St. and Market St., Philadelphia, PA
1996   Interior Wall Mural, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA
1995   Exterior Wall Mural, Fergie’s Pub, 12th St. and Sansom St., Philadelphia, PA
1993   Exterior Wall Mural, The Fake House, 39th St. and Lancaster Ave.,  Philadelphia, PA
1991   Interior Wall Mural, Dirty Frank’s, 13th St. and Pine St., Philadelphia, PA

Miscellaneous

1994   Artwork (paintings) displayed in feature film, Renaissance, David Mercy, producer

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Huston Ripley began drawing on napkins in local cafés, bars and restaurants while working as a bartender in Philadelphia in the 1980s. Over time these drawings evolved into the visual vocabulary that makes up his current work. He draws with a fine point pen on sheets of tissue thin Japanese paper folded like a napkin. Ripley’s intricate, figural imagery suggests various iconographies and conveys the spirit or idea of transcendence. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania and holds an MFA from Pratt Institute. He has exhibited his work widely and his drawings are included in collections in the US, Europe and Australia.