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Dan Rupe Art

American, b. 1952

Dan Rupe, a supremely talented artist as bright and dazzling as his paintings. At one time in his life, living in Chicago, Rupe painted from photographs. One day Rupe ventured into his garden, set up his easel and went to work, he never painted from a photograph again. Why, when he could paint life? Rupe went from the studio to the garden, to the street. The experience Rupe got painting and the people, all sorts of people from all walks of life, their interaction, caused him to value living, being an artist he was safe to talk to, to approach. Rupe was part of the world, part of street theatre. Rupe was born in Elkhart, Indiana. His father, although born in a log cabin in western Kentucky, rose from poverty to become a surgeon. He worked at the hospital. He worked all the time. Rupe was raised as a Mennonite. They were at the World Conference, they had chrome on their bumpers and zippers. They were a close family, lived out in the country and had a large garden. His mom canned everything, not because of money, but because this is how you do it. It’s a midwestern thing. Rupe had chores to do and gained a work ethic. Rupe still gets up early to do his work, he trusts it, his mind is clearest, his emotional slate is cleanest in the early morning. The daughter of a neighboring farmer was in her 30’s, a beatnik and an artist. She gave Rupe art lessons; working in pastels and soap carving, he was six. Rupe had three heroes growing up, “Amelia Erhardt, because she was so strong she got lost. Georgia O’Keefe, nothing could stop her and Marilyn Monroe, her beauty could not stop her.” Rupe’s mother had a beautiful singing voice and urged him to take music lessons. At 11, Rupe got serious about oil paints. Turning 16, Rupe decided to be a painter instead of a musician. Rupe’s father took him for a drive and told him how difficult it was going to be making a living from my art. Rupe thought it wouldn’t be any more difficult than music. The following year Rupe went off to Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan with his parent’s blessing. Always one to seek out truth, at 17, Rupe went to his family and his church and told them he was homosexual, They did not reject him, which amazed him. Fond affection passes over Rupe’s eyes, pride in his family for their courage and willingness to embrace truth. At this time Rupe also made a clear shift in his painting, He eliminated black and earth tones from him palette. Rupe saw murky, muddy paintings and students struggling to get clear images and not understanding why. Today Rupe embraces this same technique. Under painting in red, his vivid colors vibrate with unique power, Painting provides immediate response. Rupe works in oils because the paint doesn’t shift in tonality, there is truth in the color. When Rupe teaches he tells his art students, “The Jibber-Jabber in your mind is a lie, go with your first thought it’s the truth, the most important of all. Choosing your subject whatever it may be is about honestly experiencing what is in front of you. It is what you need to create.” “Art is not a noun. Art is a verb, you must take action.” Rupe lived and painted all over the world, from Katmandu to Easter Island, the Dominican, Mexico, Wisconsin, Chicago, Provincetown to L.A. Rupe lived the fast lane pace of booze and drugs for a time. Rupe thought he’d either live to 110 or die young. At some point in your life, life slips and you ask, do you want to live or die? Rupe chose to live. Rupe put on the brakes and turned it around. Rupe could have become a well-known artist in the L.A. art scene, but the demeaning jobs he’d have to take to get there angered him and that was troubling. Then a moment of synchronicity occurred. Rupe helped two friends move to Hudson from L.A. The instant Rupe drove into town he burst into tears, the architecture, the beauty, the grit, the past splendor and years of neglect. It was real, so Rupe moved here. Where she lives, she has become there. Rupe asks why he loves painting on the street. Rupe is attracted to the color and patterns and the light. Rupe chose to make art brightly with bold strokes, it’s laughing out loud with nothing to hide, he just let it out. Rupe wants people to stop and look at his work, He loves to talk to them, it’s life, it’s genuine. Rupe knows who he is when he paints.

(Biography provided by Carrie Haddad Gallery)
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White Day Lilies & Zinnias (Fauvist Style Flower Still Life Painting on Canvas)
By Dan Rupe
Located in Hudson, NY
Modern, Fauvist style floral still life painting of white day lilies, zinnias, and green grass with accents of crimson red and peach pink Oil on linen, 19 x 16 inches, unframed Signe...
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2010s Modern Dan Rupe Art

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Canvas, Oil

First and N. Church St, Athens NY (Fauvist Style Cityscape Painting)
By Dan Rupe
Located in Hudson, NY
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2010s Fauvist Dan Rupe Art

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Canvas, Acrylic

Big White Lily (Fauvist Style Abstracted Still Life Painting of White Flower)
By Dan Rupe
Located in Hudson, NY
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2010s Modern Dan Rupe Art

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Canvas, Oil

112 2nd St (Contemporary Brightly Colored Oil, White House & Blue Trim)
By Dan Rupe
Located in Hudson, NY
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2010s Modern Dan Rupe Art

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Canvas, Oil

Peach Lilies (Contemporary Still Life of Vibrant Tiger Lilies, Oil on canvas)
By Dan Rupe
Located in Hudson, NY
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2010s Contemporary Dan Rupe Art

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Canvas, Linen, Oil

Hudson Library Between the Homes (Colorful Fauvist Style Cityscape Painting)
By Dan Rupe
Located in Hudson, NY
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2010s Modern Dan Rupe Art

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Canvas, Oil

River Stump, Athens Lighthouse: Fauvist Style Landscape Painting of Hudson River
By Dan Rupe
Located in Hudson, NY
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2010s Modern Dan Rupe Art

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Canvas, Oil

Transformers on Columbia: Fauvist Style Cityscape Painting with Blue Sky, Framed
By Dan Rupe
Located in Hudson, NY
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2010s Fauvist Dan Rupe Art

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Canvas, Linen, Oil

31 Washington Street (Contemporary Cityscape Painting of Building & Power Lines)
By Dan Rupe
Located in Hudson, NY
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2010s Contemporary Dan Rupe Art

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Canvas, Oil

56 Washington, Athens NY (Fauvist Style Oil Painting of Yellow & Blue House)
By Dan Rupe
Located in Hudson, NY
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2010s Modern Dan Rupe Art

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Canvas, Oil

Top of Leeds Athens Road (Fauvist Style Landscape Painting of Country Mountains)
By Dan Rupe
Located in Hudson, NY
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2010s Modern Dan Rupe Art

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Canvas, Oil

Macawamio Firehouse Athens, NY (Fauvist Style Cityscape Painting on Canvas)
By Dan Rupe
Located in Hudson, NY
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2010s Modern Dan Rupe Art

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Canvas, Oil

16 3rd St. Athens NY (Oil on Linen Town Street Landscape in Vivid Color Palette)
By Dan Rupe
Located in Hudson, NY
16 3rd St. Athens NY 22 x 18 inch oil on linen Artist Signature on Reverse Dan Rupe's beautiful color palette captures the streets where he lives with vibrancy and life, adding int...
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2010s Contemporary Dan Rupe Art

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Linen, Oil

Stop! Old House, Athens, NY (Fauvist Style Cityscape Oil Painting on Canvas)
By Dan Rupe
Located in Hudson, NY
Modern, Fauvist style cityscape painting of a pale yellow and lavender brick house in an upstate New York town Oil on linen, unframed , 18 x 24 inches Signed on the back in red oil...
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2010s Modern Dan Rupe Art

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Linen, Oil

Deep Woods
By Dan Rupe
Located in Hudson, NY
oil on linen
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21st Century and Contemporary Dan Rupe Art

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Oil, Linen

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Leeds Athens Marsh (Fauvist Style Oil Painting on Canvas of Sunlit Landscape)
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Hazel's Roses (Abstracted Fauvist Style Still Life Painting of Pink Flowers)
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Flower Heels (Colorful Fauvist Style Still Life Painting of Pink & Green Shoes)
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Ducks in the Shade (Small Abstract Landscape of Red Barn in Green Field)
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Down Bangs Street (Modern Fauvist Style Cityscape Painting of Red Town Building)
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Forest Lilies (Modern Abstracted Landscape Painting of Orange Lilies on Green)
By Dan Rupe
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Contemporary abstracted landscape painting of bright orange forest lilies in a wooded forest. Oil on canvas in dark wood frame 22 x 18 inches This vibrant, Fauvist-style vertical l...
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Fallen Leaves Olana (Modern Fauvist Style Abstract Landscape Painting on Canvas)
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Monument at Fairland (Colorful Fauvist Style Cityscape Painting of Provincetown)
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