Born 1949 Lubbock, Texas
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

Education

1975   University of Wisconsin, Madison, MFA
1971   Texas Tech University, BFA
1969   University of the Americas, México D.F.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019

California Medley, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA

2018
Nightfall, William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2016
Invocation, Susan Street Fine Arts, Solano, CA

A Poem About Breathing, William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2014
Here and Now- Recent Paintings, William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2013
Changing Light, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA

2011
New Paintings, Melissa Morgan Fine Arts, Palm Desert, CA
Paintings, Modernism West, San Francisco, CA
Time After Time—New Paintings, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA

2010
We are Not Alone—Paintings and Works on Paper, William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2008
Another Life, Modernism, Inc., San Francisco, CA
Another World, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY

2007
Nocturnes & Preludes, William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
New Paintings, Susan Street Fine Art Solana Beach, CA

2006 &nnbsp;
This Life, Berman/Turner Projects, Santa Monica, CA

2005
Poetic Paintings, One California Building, San Francisco, CA
Strange Attractions, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA

2004
Paintings, Susan Street Fine Art, Solana Beach, CA

2003
Paintings, William Turmer Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Strange Attractions, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA

2001
Paintings and Works on Paper, Modernism, San Francisco, CA

1999
Paintings and Works on Paper, Sylvia White Gallery, New York, NY
Paintings and Works on Paper, The New Gallery, Nantucket, MA

1998
Paintings and Works on Paper, Modernism, San Francisco, CA

1996
Paintings and Works on Paper, Modernism, San Francisco, CA

1994
Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings, Patricia Correia Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Works on Paper, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA

1990
Paintings and Drawings, Koplin Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1986
Paintings and Drawings, Saxon-Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Vessels and Drawings, Garth Clark Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1985
Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, Barbara Toll Fine Arts, New York, NY

1984
Vessels and Drawings, Garth Clark Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1983
Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, Barbara Toll Fine Arts, New York, NY
Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, Reynolds/Minor Gallery, Richmond, VA

1981
Drawings and Sculpture, Barbara Toll Fine Arts, New York, NY

1980
Ceramic Vessels, Osuna Gallery, Washington, DC

Selected Group Exhibitions

2007
Art in Embassies Exhibition, United States Embassy, South Africa

2006
Abstract Notions, Berman, Turner Projects, Santa Monica, CA

2004
25th Anniversary Exhibition, Modernism, San Francisco, CA
Group Show, Susan Street Fine Arts, Solana Beach, CA

2002
Group Show, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1999
Selected Works, Modernism, San Francisco, CA
Y2Khaos, Nevada Institute of Contemporary Art, Las Vegas, NV

1998
The Horse: images of the horse in contemporary art, Sylvia White Gallery, Santa Monica, CA and New York, NY

1996
Collector’s Choice, Nevada Institute of Contemporary Art, Las Vegas, NV

1995
Group Show, Patricia Correia Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
The Small Painting, O’Hara Gallery, New York, NY

1994
The Art Cup, Garth Clark Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Group Show, Patricia Correia Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
To Enchant (Blue), McCallister Gallery/Bixler-Stacey Lee Gallery, New York, NY

1993
Intimate Universe, Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Gallery Group Show, Michael Dunev Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Vessels: Painting and Sculpture, Patricia Correia Gallery, Venice, CA
Icons in Contemporary Art, California Crafts Museum, San Francisco, CA

1992
Group Show, Michael Walls Gallery, New York, NY
Group Show, Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas, TX
Rituals of Tea, Garth Clark Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1990
Group Show, Koplin Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1988
Young Masters: Right off the Rack, Joy Moos Gallery, Miami, FL

1987
The Current Landscape, Felicita Foundation, Escondido, California, CA
Gallery Artists, Saxon-Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1986
Texans, Past and Present, University of Texas, San Antonio, TX
New Clay, Art Gallery, California State University, San Bernardino, CA

1985
Recent Ceramic Sculpture, University Art Museum, Univ. of New Mexico

1984
Group Drawing Exhibition, Alice Simsar Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI
Image/Vessel/Image, Garth Clark Gallery, New York, NY

1983
Nocturne, Ruth Siegel Gallery, New York, NY
Tulip Time, Impressions Gallery, Boston, MA

1982
Zeichnung Heute, Kunsthalle, Nurnberg, Germany
Outdoor Sculpture/20 Sculptors, Virginia Museum of Art, Richmond, VA

1981
Starry Night, Kathryn Markel Gallery, New York, NY
Group Show, Barbara Toll Fine Arts, New York, NY
Visiting Artist Exhibition, Maryland Institute of Art, Baltimore, MD

Professional Experience

2003
Instructor, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica (part time)

1986-87
Lecturer, California State University, Long Beach (part time)

1986-87
Instructor, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica (part time) (also in 2003)

1985-86
Associate Professor, California State University, San Bernardino (full time)

1977-85
Associate Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond (full time, with tenure)

1975-77
Assistant Professor, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (full time)

1975
Lecturer, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Selected Collections

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
First National Bank, Minneapolis
Chemical Bank, New York
J.P. Morgan Chase, New York
Prudential Insurance
Newark Mobil Oil
Booz, Allen & Hamilton, New York
Federal Reserve Bank,  Richmond, VA
General Electric HBO, New York
Hotel Monaco, San Francisco
Hotel Monaco, Seattle
Yokohama Royal Park Hotel, Japan
The Ambassador Hotel, Taipei
The Imperial Hotel, Osaka
The Sherwood Hotel, Taipei
MGM Grand, Las Vegas
Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas
Southern California Gas Co., Los Angeles
Global Crossing, Los Angeles
Hotel Argent, San Francisco
David & Lucille Packard Foundation, Los Altos
Capital One, Richmond, VA

Bibliography

2008
Calendar Arts + Selects, New York Sun, 1 April 2008, (color illustration)

2008
Curtis Ripley, Nocturnes and Preludes, paintings & works on paper, William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, 2008 (exhibition catalog)

2006
Curtis Ripley,This Life, recent paintings & works on paper, Berman/Turner Projects, Santa Monica, 2006 (exhibition catalog)

2005
Modernism, Twenty Five Years, 1979-2004, Modernism, Inc., San Francisco, two volumes,Contemporary,  page 424-5.

2004
Curtis Ripley 2004/Recent Paintings, William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, 2004 (exhibition catalog)

2004
Art Scene, Southern California, Vol. 14, No. 4, December 94 (Illustration)

1994
Art Now Gallery Guide, West Coast, December, 1994 (Cover illustration, Yellow Days, and article with illustrations, Desert Rose and Violeta)

1994
Las Vegas, USA!, Nevada Institute for Contemporary Art, Las Vegas, (catalog) (color illustration: Chance)

1986
McKenna, Kristine, “Galleries”, Los Angeles Times, May 30, 1986, Part IV (review)

1984
Cohen, Ronny, “Image/Vessel/Image, The Art of Curtis Ripley”, Ceramic Arts, Vol. 2, No. 1, Spring 1984, p.3 (article) Garth Clark Gallery (il. Untitled drawing)

1983
Klein, Ellen Lee, “Nocturne”, Arts, Vol 58 (3), Nov. 1983, p. 38 (review)

1983
Russel, John, “Reviews”, New York Times, Jan 28, 1983, Section C, p.23

Awards and Honors

1983
Juror’s Award, Zeichnung Heute, Kunsthalle, Nurnberg

1979
National Endowment for the Arts, Artists Fellowship

Speaking generally about my paintings of the last few years, I begin by developing the overall surface, overlapping lights and darks, achieving what I hope to be a sense of atmosphere and depth.  I use lines, scribbles, brush strokes and smears that appear and disappear within the fields of color.  The process is intuitive. I try to avoid specific subject matter, but there are inevitably references to landscape, sky, architecture, handwriting, etc.

Although these paintings are primarily abstract, they do have subjects.  They have to do with place, the time of day, the season, transience, shadows, music, and the emotion of color.  Poetry is an important influence in my work.  It is the economy of means, the resistance to strict interpretation, and the intimate relationship with the viewer that I find essential.  These works are not puzzles.  They are meant to be experienced.