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Jon Rappleye

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Jeff Bailey Gallery is pleased to present Awakened in the Peaceable Kingdom, an exhibition of new drawings and sculpture by Jon Rappleye.


The exhibition’s title is inspired by Edward Hicks' (1780 – 1849) series of paintings, Peaceable Kingdom, where the worlds of nature and humankind coexist symbolically in a peaceful idyll. Hicks’ vision was reverent and hopeful, but tempered with concern for the darker and destructive impulses of both animal and man.

Rappleye’s drawings feature abundant and extraordinary groupings of animals, birds and plant life. There are no humans. Birds and animals are combined into new, unfamiliar creatures. In In the Quiver of the Kingdom, a proud peacock towers over an ashen landscape with stormy, jewel-toned skies. Volcanoes rumble in the distance. Birds fly frantically about, while some have died. An omniscient owl gazes at the scene that suggests the end of one era, and the unknown beginning of another.


In Awakened in the Peaceable Kingdom, a heron’s body has the head of a deer. It nears a ravine, where a large rabbit looks on. The head and wings of an owl are adjoined to the body of a frog, large mushrooms teeter, and an owl with antlers perches idly.


The exhibition features an owl with antlers cast in china, surveying these vast panoramas. A pile of china antlers, multi-colored and flocked, lies in a tangle of wires and plastic tubing on the gallery floor.










Images from L-R from top :


Jon Rappleye
In the Tremble this Nature Abounds, 2007, acrylic on paper, 52" x 40"


Jon Rappleye
Guardian, 2007,cast vitreous china, ed. 9, 17.75" x 20" x 12"


Jon Rappleye
Specimen Studies (small), 2007,cast vitreous china, wire and plastic tubing, dimensions variable


Jon Rappleye
Specimen Studies (large, 2007, cast vitreous china, wire and plastic tubing, dimensions variable


Jon Rappleye
Nightwood Bloom, 2007, acrylic on paper, 42.5" x 87.125"



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