Ohio artist Jo Shepherd Ripley has the eyes of a child, competely and utterly in awe of the beauty of this world, and ready to explore that inspiration the world gives her with a sense of youthful exhuberance through her artwork. Her absorbing, naif paintings invite us into that childlike naivety which unfortunately too many of us have lost in this age of buildings sway in the breeze as though they were trees and musical instruments float in symphonic voids. These compositions appear to have the quality of crayon and that aesthetic compliments the magical quality of her Chagall-like sense of a fantastical reality. When we view the her work we view a dream-like version of our own reality; we put on our children's eyes. It is all too often that we look at our world and our jaded gaze looks over the elegance of the everyday, skyscrapers seem commonplace and music merely aural wallpaper. It is Ms. Ripley's prerogative to provoke us into marveling at that which we no longer are amazed by. Her project is to reinsert majic into our world. The work had surrealist tendencies, but like Marc Chagall and Franz Marc, it is more akin to the philosophy of Baudelaire than Freud. Unlike too many contemporary artists, Jo Shepherd Ripley is an artist that a five year old could enjoy as well as fifty-five year old; she is for the art historian and the everyman.
Country: United States of America
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