Morris Conrad Rippel

(1930 - 2009)


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Morris Conrad Rippel

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Watercolorist and tempera painter Morris Rippel, born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was known for his bold colored and delineated paintings of the Southwest, often with glowing tones of luminism.

Frequently he studied a particular place for years before painting it so that he could express familiarity and personal involvement. He worked as a registered architect until 1967 when he decided to devote himself full-time to painting.

When he was ten years old, he took art lessons. He attended the University of New Mexico for two years, served in the Korean War, and then returned to the University for architectural study. He graduated in 1957 and for several years did watercolors only as a hobby.

In 1964, he got gallery representation in Santa Fe and when he got enough money from his artwork to support his family for one year, he devoted himself full time to painting. Rippel said that Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth were major influences on his style and subjects–Wyeth for “abstract compositions with realistic focus” (Samuels 442).

In 1975, he was invited to become a member of the National Academy of Western Art (NAWA) and exhibited with them, winning gold medals for watercolors in 1976 and 1977. In 1979, his egg tempera painting won the Prix de West of NAWA. Mostly self-taught, Ripple had exhibition venues that include the New Mexico Art Museum and The American Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition.

His work is in the collections of the Diamond Art Museum, The Denver Art Museum, Eiteljorg Collection, and the Valley National Bank in Phoenix as well as several private collections in the United States. He passed away in June of 2009. (Fr0m the archives of AskART)