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 Bruce McDonald Rapp  (1954 - 1988)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: figurative painting and drawing

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Bruce MacDonald Rapp  1954 - 1988

Known mostly for figurative paintings and drawings, Bruce McDonald Rapp was born in Menlo, California on the 7th of December 1954 and died on Ash Wednesday, the 17th of March 1988.

He was the second of four children in a devout Catholic family.  Traumatized by Catholic (Jesuit) education at Bellarmine College Preparatory School, he developed a very pithy, offbeat sense of humor, which seasoned his art and sustained him during spells of melancholia.

His attraction to "the gay-leather scene", along with his artistic ability in several media, have helped him become an outstanding artist for the genre.  He produced work for DRUMMER magazine and also worked on safe-sex themed posters and various commissioned works. One of them is the well-known “Safe Sex—yes Sir!”

An AIDS-related project advocating safe sex, he also worked on, was a complete comic book in Spanish called Chicos Modernos.

During his battle with AIDS, Bruce decided to turn to another artistic medium, a painting technique known as gouache.  This period yielded some some quiet, contemplative portraits and figurative work.

(Editor’s Note: The figure on the Black Beauty Latex Polish bottle was Bruce Rapp's last completed commission).

Submitted by Lui Antal Deák

Source: Drummer Magazine – January 1990

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