Longtime fans of painter Kevin Kepple might not recognize the painter’s work from a cursory look at his solo exhibition at Addison/Ripley Fine Art. Although there are a few paintings on view that possess the artist’s signature look — colorful, gem-like surfaces and illusionistic, almost watery depths — most of the show features a milky-white palette and a surprisingly sculptural texture.
Kepple, who paints with a mixture of white household glue, ink and varnish, calls the coiled tangles of gluey loops found in these works “bones,” and their surfaces “skin.”
The anatomic references hint at themes of life and death that lurk beneath the surface of his art. Though lean, his paintings are still pretty, and unexpectedly soulful.
Read my review, and check out a selection of images from the show in the gallery at the top of this post.